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Scotland, Summer 2018

Orkney Gateway to the Atlantic

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Summer 2018

I) Summary

Location: Island of Rousey Orkney, Scotland UK

Dates: June 26 - July 21, 2018 (4 weeks) or June 26 - August 4, 2018 (6 weeks)

Credits Offered: 6 Credits: ANTHC 127 (3 credits) and ANTHC 227 (3 credits). Possibility of graduate credits.

Application Deadline: March 22, 2018 Deadline extended to April 5, 2018!

Financial Aid: TAP, Pell, Student Loans

Scholarships: Chancellor’s Global Scholarship, Departmental Travel Scholarships, Gilman

Program Fee: $2,030 (estimate, 4 weeks) or $2,310 (estimate, 6 weeks) includes housing, all meals, excursions, and international health and travel insurance. TUITION and AIRFARE are NOT included in the program fee. All students are responsible for arriving at their study abroad location by the first day of the program; this may mean flying the day before.

Students should not purchase flights before the orientation session. Arrival and departure information will be discussed then, and details are subject to change.

Payment Schedule: $350 application fee and deposit is due with the application. Program fee balance ($1,680 or $1,960) is due April 24, 2018. Payments must be made with certified check or money order. NO CASH, PERSONAL CHECKS OR CREDIT CARDS.

Students are responsible for meeting the payment deadline regardless of funding source, i.e. Macaulay Opportunities Fund, loans, or any other type of financial aid. Late fees will be applied to all delayed payments (see Education Abroad Application Instructions and Policies).

II) Program Description

The Gateway to the Atlantic program takes place on the Orkney Islands north of mainland Scotland, one of the richest archaeological areas in the world. The experience of living and working on the small North Atlantic island of Rousay immerses students in a lovely and complex northern maritime ecology, connects them to a vibrant living community with a deep local heritage, and provides a chance to do real field science as part of an international team of experts from different disciplines. This four or six week archaeological field school will give students hands on training in the full range of archaeological skills, expertly supervised by some of the best archaeologists in Britain while also offering the opportunity to make a real contribution to saving major heritage sites from rising sea levels caused by global climate change. This program began in 2009 as cooperation between Orkney College, Bradford University and CUNY and has already had several successful seasons of combined field archaeology, community outreach, and transformative undergraduate place-based education.

This summer the Gateway to the Atlantic project is open to students looking for a unique experience of participating in an international, multi-disciplinary field science program, aimed at combining hands-on instruction with rescue of major Bronze Age to Viking Period sites endangered by rising sea levels and increasing storminess. Students will work intensively at the endangered coastal site of Swandro, a Celtic Pictish Iron Age stone house with excellent conditions of preservation and rich finds. The site has the potential to shed light on the interaction between the native Celtic Pictish population and the Viking Age Scandinavian settlers of the 9th - 10th centuries CE, but is about to be destroyed by the sea. Students from Hunter will work closely with students and staff from the UK and from all over Europe and will have special tours of the many nearby ancient monuments led by Orkney College professionals. Students will become familiar with both basic and advanced techniques of excavation and site recording, including use of electronic survey equipment, 3-D imaging, and geophysical prospecting, and will participate in all phases of this important research project. They will be housed in basic but comfortable hostel housing with meals provided. For more detailed information on prior work and YouTube video made last summer see the Gateway to the Atlantic web pages.

Website: North Atlantic Biocultural Organisation - NABO Field School

Course Offering

  • ANTHC 127 and ANTHC 227. Possibility of graduate credits.
  • Please contact Prof. Tom McGovern (below) to discuss the details of courses offered.
  • 2015 Syllabus - Orkney

Credits & Grades

Students in this program will receive both credits and letter grades. Grades will count toward their Hunter GPA.

III) Costs of Attendance

Tuition (6 credits, calculated at the undergraduate, in state rate) $1,710
Program Fee $2,030 (4 weeks, estimate)
$2,310 (6 weeks, estimate)
Not included in Program Fee (estimates):
Airfare $1,600
Books   $60
Local Transportation $170
TOTAL US (estimate) $5,570 (4 weeks)
$5,850 (6 weeks)

IV) Further Inquiries

Academic Inquiries
Faculty: Prof. Tom McGovern
Anthropology Department
Office: HN701
Phone: (212)-772-5654

Administrative Inquiries
Education Abroad Office, Room E1447
Office Hours: 9:30am - 5:30pm Mon-Fri
Phone: (212) 772-4983
Fax: (212) 772-5005

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