Labrador Institute Field School: An Introduction to Community Archaeology & Cultural Resource Management

The 2018 Labrador Institute Field School will take place in Upper Lake Melville, Labrador from July 2nd to August 3rd, 2018. Participants will develop skills valuable in the humanties, sciences, and social sciences through the study of place and heritage, and take part in a variety of archaeological activities in the field and classroom, including excavation at a 3,000-year-old campsite in Sheshatshiu, Labrador and will receive credit for two courses at Memorial University: ARCH2480 and ARCH3583. 

The Innu and Inuit, and their predecessors have inhabited the Upper Lake Melville Region in Central Labrador for at least the last 7,000 years. Today the area is home to a variety of Innu, Inuit, and settler communities. Students in the field school will interact with a variety of heritage sites and people, and will learn about the complex history of the region and its relationship to social, cultural, and political circumstances today.

Participants in the field school will learn skills related to:

  • Archaeological survey, excavation, and monitoring;
  • Artifact cleaning, cataloguing, and storage;
  • Note-keeping, mapping, and data management;
  • Photography and digitization;
  • Heritage policy, legislation and permitting;
  • Indigenous and archaeological history;
  • Community participation and public engagement.

This field school is open to anyone who meets the entrance requirements for a Bachelor of Arts at Memorial University. Students may register using their account or by submitting a Course Change Forum to the Instructor. Note: If you have not completed the required prerequisite for ARCH2480 (i.e. ARCH1000), contact the instructor to about waiving this requirement.


  • Become a MUN student ($50 application fee applies)
  • Register for ARCH 2480 and ARCH 3583 using or a Course Change Forum ($275 fee per course, total $550)
  • Pay course fee ($250 supplies - everyone) ($1000 meals & accommodation - if required)
  • Be prepared to work outside in all conditions
  • Travel to Happy Valley-Goose Bay on July 1st, to begin class on July 2nd

For information on how to apply, including registration deadlines, please contact Dr. Scott Neilsen at

Course details

Academic level(s)Bachelor
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionMemorial University of Newfoundland
Begin date02.07.2018
End date03.08.2018
Registration deadline-
ECTS credits0.0
Field schoolYes
Fields of studyHistory and archaeology
Teaching placeLabrador Institute Research Station, North West River
Tagsfield schoolsummer schoolarchaeologycommunity
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