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  • Locations: Boaco, Nicaragua
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: CSULB applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:
Program Dates: January 2 - 22, 2017

Program: ANTH: Archaeological Fieldwork (Pre-requisites: ANTH 405 or ANTH 448 or equivalent)

Approximate Travel Cost: $500 (includes accommodations and meals) This program is partially subsidized through Instructionally-Related Activities (IRA) funds.

Program Description: This archaeological fieldwork in Nicaragua is tied to two courses, ANTH 448 (Ancient Civilizations of Mexico and Central America) and ANTH 405 (Principles of Archaeology). Students accepted for the trip will be expected to have taken one or both of the classes or an equivalent. The goal of the program is to give students with interest in archaeology some exposure to archaeological fieldwork in Central America.

The project location is an archaeological site called Quebracho, which is about 5 km south of the central Nicaraguan town of Boaco. The site consists of numerous cobble-faced mounds arranged around several plazas. No previous systematic archaeological work has been undertaken at the site. Students participating in the project will use high-precision GPS instruments and a total station to generate an accurate topographic map of the project. They will also carry out magnetic and ground-penetrating radar (GPR) surveys in order to understand the configuration of stone architecture and other buried features. We will also carry out systematic surface collection. 

Students accepted for this trip will have had classroom exposure to Central American archaeology and archaeological methods. This trip represents an opportunity to put some of their knowledge and skills to use in a real-world archaeological project. Since the site is virtually unknown, it is likely that presentations and publications will result from the project, beyond the reporting obligations to the Nicaraguan antiquities authorities. 

This is a CSULB short-term, faculty-led study abroad program.
Contact Professor Hector Neff for more information at

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2018 10/30/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.