Field School in Urban Historical Archaeology

Rouge PotThe UNO Department of Anthropology regularly offers a field school in urban historical archaeology based in the City of New Orleans. Dr. Ryan Gray, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology will lead excavations at an urban historic site in the city. Recent field school sites have included blocks within Storyville, New Orleans' notorious red light district, and the Temple of the Innocent Blood, the location of a spiritual church in the 1920s. The field practicum will introduce students to basic archaeological field methods, including excavation, screening, mapping, characterization of soils, and preliminary artifact analysis.

The field school is typically designed as a 6-credit course sequence, taking place over the entire summer approximately 6-week summer session. In some summers, a shorter 3-credit version taking place over 3 weeks in the summer mini-session may be offered.

See link and information below about this summer's field school:


The UNO Department of Anthropology is pleased to offer a field school in historical archaeology during the Summer 2016 session. Archaeologist Dr. Ryan Gray will lead excavations at sites in the French Quarter and the Treme with occupations going back to the French Coloinial era. If you are an Anthropology major, a field school will provide you with the necessary experience to get a job doing contract archaeology in cultural resource management (CRM) after graduation. However, the field school is open to majors, non-majors, and non-degree-seeking students alike, so if you’re just interested in archaeology, in history, or in New Orleans, the dig will provide a unique experience for the summer and a new perspective on the past.

This summer, the field school is listed in the catalog as ANTH 3201 (Field Methods in Archaeology), a single course  to be taken for 3 credits, The class will meet in the field on Monday-Thursday, typically from 8 am to 3:30 pm. On rain days, class will meet on the UNO campus to learn basic laboratory techniques. An additional optional lab day will be held on Fridays. Performance in the class is based upon participation in the field; students should be prepared for heat, humidity, dirt, and physically demanding –but rewarding− work. There may be some flexibility in hours; students should meet with Dr. Gray to discuss scheduling. We try to accommodate work schedules and other summer travel plans if at all possible, but the field school does require that you minimally maintain a regular schedule.

Students who wish to take the field school for graduate credit should contact Dr. Gray directly. We are offering a number of possible options for graduate work related to the field school.

Anthropology majors should also note that ANTH 3201 can substitute for ANTH 3301 in graduation requirements.

Students who would like more information should contact Dr. Gray ( for more details.

In addition, you can now see more information about archaeology activities, including past field schools.

our archaeology blog


The website for the dig at 810 Royal Street:

Non-UNO Students

Students outside of UNO who would like to participate in the field school for academic credit will need to apply for admission to UNO as non-degree students.  Basic fees and tuition will apply, although at this time there are no additional fees for the field school.