2002 South Pacific Field School in Fiji

The Department of Archaeology and SFU Department of International Exchange Student Services held the fourth biannual South Pacific field school in Archaeology in Fiji from May through July 2002. Nineteen archaeology undergraduate majors and minors participated. Dr. David Burley served as field school director with MA student Alice Storey as the teaching assistant. Jessi Witt (SFU) supervised the field laboratory while Andrew Barton (SFU) and Dr. Margaret Purser (Sonoma State University) assisted with fieldwork supervision. Following two weeks of instruction on the SFU Burnaby campus, students flew to Fiji for five weeks of classroom work at the University of South Pacific in Suva. Three weeks of field practicum was then given, including excavations and survey in the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park on the Coral Coast of Viti Levu. Students also were taken on tours of Levuka, the first colonial capital of Fiji, Nakabuta pottery village, Tavuni Hill fort, the Fiji Museum, and other venues. Fieldwork at the Sigatoka Sand Dunes was carried out in co-ordination with the Fiji Museum and the National Trust for Fiji. Courses offered included Western Pacific Prehistory (ARCH 370), Fijian Culture and Heritage (ARCH 332), Archaeological field work practicum (ARCH 435) and Directed Readings (ARCH 479).

David Burley

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