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Training Opportunities for Future Archaeologists

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Support the ARF Field School

Help us raise our first goal of $6,000! 


The Archaeological Research Facility (ARF) Field School program was designed to provide archaeological training for students underrepresented in the discipline with an aim to expand the number and diversity of people pursuing archaeological careers. Most field school opportunities are located far away and are costly, making the necessary training they provide inaccessible to many students. The ARF’s field school follows a different model, providing this training as a commuter-based program and offering stipends to student participants. 

With your support we can: 

  • Ensure that students interested in archaeological careers have access to the training necessary to pursue archaeology after graduation. 
  • Incorporate lectures and workshops led by archaeologists from UC Berkeley and other Bay Area universities, cultural resource management firms and public agencies, and independent non-profit organizations, providing students with exposure to a variety of career pathways for archaeology.
  • Provide summer tuition and stipends for 8 to 10 student participants to enable them to participate in the program.

A generous donor has offered to match all gifts up to $1000 total! Please give today! 


Below is the breakdown of our $55,000 budget for a 6-week summer program with 10 student participants. Two thirds of the program funding goes directly to the students (stipends and summer tuition).

Our immediate goal is to raise $6,000 to cover stipends for two student participants in the next field school. 

A cost breakdown of the 2022 summer field school (10 student participants).


The 2022 ARF Field School was made possible by generous contributions by individual donations from our community of supporters, the Prentice Fund for Environmental Archaeology, and grants from the Wenner-Gren Foundation and the Berkeley Collegium. Beyond the immediate $6,000 goal of this campaign, we are seeking a larger amount of funding to be able to provide the field school as a regular annual or biannual offering. 


A projected 8,000 new positions for archaeologists will become available over the next decade as a result of the newly passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and a growing US economy, prompting calls for more training and support for archaeologists to respond to the demand (Altschul and Klein 2022). The ARF Field School provides funding and necessary training for undergraduate students to prepare for future career paths in archaeology. The field school has already demonstrated a successful pilot season with ten undergraduate students from UC Berkeley and other Bay Area universities. 


Learn more about the ARF Field School and see more photos from the 2022 program on our website: 

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Questions? Contact the program coordinator, Sarah Kansa:

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Social Media Shout Out

For donations of $50 or more, you’ll receive a personalized shoutout on our Facebook page!


Handwritten Thanks

For donations of $100 or more, you’ll receive a personalized thank you note. This thanks includes a personalized shoutout on our Facebook page as well!


Name on Website

For donations of $250 or more, we'll feature your name on our website under the field school supporters section. This thanks includes all perks named above as well!


Field School Visit

Supporters who give $500 or more will be invited to a special visit to see the next field school in action! This thanks includes all perks named above as well!

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