2000 South Pacific Field School in Fiji

Fiji Field School in transit from island of Ovalau, July 2000.

The South Pacific archaeology field school was held for its third time in the Republic of Fiji from May through July. Sponsored by International and Exchange Student Services at SFU, the field school operates in partnership with the University of the South Pacific (Suva) and with cooperation of the Fiji Museum and the National Trust for Fiji. David Burley and Phil Hobler served as program instructors with Robbin Chatan, Inge Dahm and Margaret Purser (Sonoma State University) providing infield supervisory assistance. Ten student participants were registered for three courses—Techniques of Field Inquiry (Arch 334), Pacific Western Prehistory (Arch 370) and Fijian Culture and History (Gen. Studies 410). Classes included a combination of lectures on the USP campus and in the field, field trips to sites and villages in Fiji, as well as survey and excavation on prehistoric and historic archaeological materials at the Sigatoka Sand Dunes on the Coral Coast of Viti Levu and at Nasova House in Levuka on the island of Ovalau. Despite an unexpected political coup on May 19, and a final airlift from Ovalau in early July, classes were completed as scheduled.

David Burley