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Our Summer 2012 Field Study program in Orkney, Scotland, UK

Orkney: Gateway to the Atlantic



Location Island of Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
Dates June 17th- July 15th 2012
Credits Offered

6 Credits

ANTHC 127 – 3 credits and ANTHC 227- 3 credits

(CUNY tuition is NOT included in the program fee)

Verify with your college's Bursar for your rate and tuition payment deadlines.

Application Deadline March 19th, 2012
Financial Aid TAP, Pell, Gilman, Departmental Travel Grants, Student Loans
Program Fee

$ 1,950 (estimate)

Program Fee includes: housing, all meals, excursions, and international health insurance.

Airfare is 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.

Payment Schedule

$350.00 Application Fee by March 19th, 2012

$1,600.00 Balance due by April 27th, 2012--> We encourage you to submit payment early!!!



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 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 Hunter Study Abroad 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.


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Academic Inquiries

Administrative Inquiries

Prof. Tom McGovern

Anthropology Department

Office: HN 701

Phone: (212) 772-5654


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