University of Guam Archaeological Field School in Cebu, Philippines

The University of Guam and the University of San Carlos will be collaborating for this summer’s archaeological field school. Here below is the post from the University of Guam webpage:


The University of Guam, in collaboration with the Archaeological Studies Program-University of the Philippines, the San Carlos University, and the National Museum of the Philippines, is offering a summer archaeological field school. The field school will provide participants intensive training in archaeological site excavation, mapping, and artifact analysis and interpretation as well as training in landscape analysis. The course is open to undergraduate and graduate students from any university, who will earn 6 University of Guam credits. The project is co-directed by Dr. Stephen Acabado, Assistant Professor, University of Guam, Dr. John Peterson, Associate Professor, University of Guam, Dr. Grace Barretto-Tesoro, Associate Professor, Archaeological Studies Program, University of the Philippines, and Prof. Jojo Bersales, University of San Carlos Kabilin Heritage Studies Center. Dr. Acabado and Dr. Peterson will serve as the UOG Instructors of Record.

Field School Description

Students will learn archaeological field techniques by working in real field conditions, working with students and staff from the USA, the Philippines, and the Luce Asian Archaeology Program Fellows of the Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaii-Manoa. The focus of the project is twofold: to document the impact of Spanish colonization on indigenous lifeways (particularly, forced resettlement or reduccion) and early Holocene sea-level changes in the Island of Cebu.  Cebu was the first seat of the Spanish colonial government in the Philippines.  An archaeological survey in 2002 reports that, “Field visits were conducted to additional locales and the 17th or early 18th century visita of Punta Ysabel was found near San Remigio, Cebu. This site will provide an important comparison with the 1599 visita of Salug in Carcar.”

With the longest shoreline in the Island of Cebu and adjacent to other islands in the Philippine Archipelago, ancient San Remegio inhabitants exploited both marine and terrestrial resources.  Previous archaeological work in other parts of the island suggests that Cebu Islanders were contributors to an extensive trade network throughout the islands of the Central Philippines.

Students will learn:

* use of GPS in field survey

* identifying artifacts and ecofacts

* identifying features and sites

* documenting archaeological sites

* the landscape archaeology approach

* site survey techniques

* soil classification and description

* artifacts, feature and site sketching

* field analysis of common artifacts types

* scientific field photography

* field map-making using plane table and total station

* lab and cataloging methods


The UOG Summer 2011 Archaeological Field School will take place in the town of San Remegio, Cebu, Philippines. The town is located in the northwestern part of the Island, about 2-3 hours drive from Cebu City.


Field school participants should schedule to arrive in Manila by May 30, 2010.  We will have pre-excavation orientation as well as lectures on Philippine and Island Southeast Asian archaeology at the University of the Philippines-Diliman May 31-June 1.  Participants will also visit various Manila museums during this period. On June 2, we will travel to Cebu by plane, and from Cebu City airport to San Remegio by van.

We will return to Manila via plane by about June 30th, to catch your flight home by July 2nd.

Course Credits
US-based students will receive 6 college credits:
AN492: Archaeological Field Techniques

Costs and Expenses

Tentative course fees are $3,500.00, which include all tuition, food, housing and travel within the Philippines. The participant is responsible for travel to and from the Philippines (about $1100-$1500 from the US), visa fees, health insurance and personal cash.


Archaeological work involves physical work in the outdoors. You should be aware that conditions in the field are different than those you experience in your home or college town. You will be required to engage in moderate to rigorous climbs. Please bring appropriate footwear and clothing to protect yourself. If you have any concerns, discuss them with your doctor and/or project director as appropriate.


The UOG Cebu Archaeological Field School involves an application process. Students are asked to complete an application form and one (1) recommendation letter by March 15, 2011. Acceptance notifications will be sent by April 15, 2011.


The UOG Cebu Archaeological Field School involves an application process. Students are asked to complete an application form and one (1) recommendation letter by March 15, 2011. Acceptance notifications will be sent by April 15, 2011.
For more information:
Dr. Stephen Acabado
University of Guam
Anthropology Program
Ph: 671-735-2809

3 thoughts on “University of Guam Archaeological Field School in Cebu, Philippines

  1. Hi, I am an archaeologist working in India. having long experience of 15 years in the field of excavations and application of new technologies. I would like to know how one can become part of this field school not as a student but as trainer or instructor or resource-person.
    I expect a reply.
    Bhuvan Vikrama

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