Archaeological Fieldwork at UTM (ANT318H5F)

students outside at archaeological dig sites and inside a lab examining small pottery artifacts

Course dates and application deadlines for 2023 will be posted on this page when available.


The objective of the UTM Archaeological Fieldwork course (ANT318H5F) is to give students a basic grounding in the techniques and methods employed by archaeologists to extract data from an archaeological site and to process these data in the laboratory.

Because archaeological data collection is time-consuming and requires learning a number of different techniques, the first part of the course will consist of two weeks (80 hours) of field instruction, usually during the last two weeks of August.

Instruction during the field session in August deals with:

  • excavation practices
  • data recording
  • flotation
  • mapping
  • photography

The fall term is devoted to weekly four-hour laboratory sessions that focus on washing and cataloguing the artifacts excavated during the summer.

View the course description in the UTM Academic Calendar


The August fieldwork generally takes place at a site within commuting distance of the UTM campus or on the UTM campus. Students are individually responsible for transportation; a car pool will be organized from the UTM campus if an off-campus site is selected. 

The Fall term lab classes take place on the U of T Mississauga campus.

Dates and course delivery timeline

  • This course is typically offered every year.
  • Students must be available for both the August fieldwork and the laboratory classes in the Fall term. 
  • Participation in August fieldwork is a mandatory part of the course.

2023 dates

To be announced.

2022 dates

  • Fieldwork dates are Monday, August 15 – Friday, August 26, 2022
  • Fieldwork takes place from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday.
  • Weekly four-hour laboratory classes are held during the fall term. The schedule will be posted on the Timetable Builder.

Applicants must read the policy below regarding enrolment in other "S" Term courses with final or deferred exams scheduled during the fieldwork portion of ANT318H5.

Policy regarding enrolment in other "S" Term courses with final or deferred exams scheduled during the fieldwork portion of ANT318H5

Students who have a final or deferred exam scheduled during the fieldwork portion of ANT318H5:

  1. must inform BOTH the ANT318H5 course instructor AND the Departmental Assistant at by email
  2. may leave the field school for the duration of their exam only
  3. are not permitted to take time away from the field school to study for their exam
  4. must make up that missed time later in the semester with other tasks

Fees and supplies to be purchased

  • Students are only charged Fall Registration for the course; there are no summer tuition charges.
  • The non-refundable ancillary fee of $35.00 CAD for all students who enroll in UTM Anthropology field school courses in 2022 may apply. The ancillary fee covers the cost of minor field school supplies. All excavation equipment will be supplied.
  • There is some personal equipment that you will need in order to participate (more details on these items will be provided to students enrolled in the course):
    • Long pants and long-sleeve shirts
    • Hat
    • Hiking shoes or boots
    • Gloves
    • Safety glasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Insect repellant
    • A light rain poncho, or rain jacket and pants
    • Water: You must bring at least one water bottle with you every day.
    • Pens/Pencils
    • Trowel (optional)

Eligibility and prerequisites

Enrollment in ANT318H5F is by department approval only (and the department will enroll you into the course if approved). If you wish to request approval to enroll, you must submit the Field School Application Form during the application window (see Application and enrolment process, below).


  • ANT200H5 and ANT201H5  (or equivalent)
  • Note that having both pre-requisites does not mean you will be approved.

Selection criteria could include, but is not exclusive to:

  1. Total number of credits completed (should have completed at least 2 years of university i.e. 8.0 credits minimum).
  2. Type of courses completed (Note that there are no other “required” ANT course other than the pre-requisite courses, but having other ANT courses and doing well in them could be advantageous to your application.)
  3. cGPA and/or average of ANT courses and/or satisfactory grades in the pre-requisite ANT courses and/or other relevant ANT courses which you may have completed.
  4. Academic standing/history (if applicable), e.g. academic integrity issues could disadvantage your application.

Approval is not guaranteed. It will depend on the applicant pool and space availability. From year to year, assessment is based on a number of factors depending on who applies and what their academic standings look like compared to yours (i.e. there is no minimum average cut off).


  1. Because there is group work involved, especially during the August excavation period, it is important that the approved students have a strong academic foundation to work well with other students in the group (i.e. understand the content required for the whole group to succeed academically).
  2. Students may apply for ANT418H5F (the advanced version of the ANT318H5) if they have previously completed ANT318 (or an equivalent).

Application and enrolment process for 2022

  1. Submit the online Archaeological Fieldwork Field School Application Form to request departmental approval to enrol in the course. The application deadline is Friday, April 1, 2022 at 9:00am.
  2. Check your email account for the results of your application (emails are usually sent towards the end of April, however there may be delays in 2022 due to COVID-19).
  3. If you receive departmental approval to enrol in this course, you must reply to the department via email, confirming if you wish to enrol in the course. If you confirm you wish to enrol, the department will enrol you in the course when enrolment opens on ACORN. 


If you have any questions about the Archaeological Fieldwork Field School or the application process please contact the Departmental Assistant at

Field school research activities

The Mystery of Mount Woodham: UTM Anthropology Field and Lab Work on the Puzzle

Watch a brief presentation about the Schreiber Wood archaeological project conducted by the UTM Department of Anthropology on the University of Toronto Mississauga campus. Get a glimpse into the work being done as part of our ANT318H5 Archaeological Fieldwork field school!

Journal publications

Uncovering the History of UTM: A reflection on advanced archaeological fieldwork by Kiara Kim appears in the Fall 2021 issue of Young Anthropology.

    Research posters presented at the 2022 Canadian Archaeological Association conference

    The conference was held in a hybrid format in Edmonton, with students participating virtually.

    Research posters presented at the 2022 Ontario Archaeological Association Symposium

    The symposium was held at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario.

    Research posters presented at the 2020 Ontario Archaeological Society Virtual Symposium

    A virtual poster session included a series of four posters by UTM students, faculty, and staff exploring ongoing research on collections generated by the Schreiber Wood Project, which encompasses both the annual UTM Anthropology archaeological field school and the ongoing departmental work study program.

    Yasmine Vella received the award for the OAS Best Student Paper award for "Using Legacy Collections at University of Toronto Mississauga for Undergraduate Research", co-authored with Dr. David Smith.

    Media coverage

    U of T Magazine: Digging for Answers to a Local Mystery

    New York Times: Anthropology Students Don't Have to Go Far Afield