NABO Field School in North Atlantic Archaeology 2016

Snæfellsnes Peninsula June 10th to July 2nd

Application deadline is March 13th

Gufuskálar aerial photographIf you like working in the outdoors, interesting and cutting-edge scholarship, beautiful and dramatic landscapes, and want the experience of living in Iceland then apply for the NABO Gufuskálar Field School! With archaeological research centered on the rich fishing history of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula (about 3 hours north of Reykjavik) this field school will train you in archaeological field methods, as well as introduce you to a variety of environmental science issues dealing with everything from fisheries management to how past cultures survived previous episodes of climate change.

  • Interested in learning how to do Field Archaeology?
  • Interested in Environmental Science, Medieval and Early Modern History, Geology, and/or Marine Biology?
  • Ever wanted to go to Iceland?

Accreditation & Admission

The field school is accredited through the University of Maryland. Undergraduate and graduate students who are not attending UMD are also welcome to apply. Admission is handled through UMD’s study abroad office. Visit the link below for more information.

Course Content

  • Hands-on instruction in archaeological excavation methods.
  • Exposure to the post-excavation analysis of artifacts and faunal materials.
  • Lectures by leading researchers in North Atlantic and Icelandic archaeology.
  • Excursions to some of Iceland’s natural wonders and cultural institutions.
  • Instructors from the University of Maryland, the City University of New York, and the Icelandic Institute of Archaeology with many years of experience teaching archaeology.
  • The opportunity to earn 6 college credits.

Application deadline is March 13th

  • Visit for more information and to apply online.
  • Program Fee: $3,750. This cost includes international health insurance, tuition, food and housing. Students are responsible for airfare to Iceland.
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  • Contact: Dr. George Hambrecht, Program Director, with any questions.



NABO Field Sschool Background

The NABO field school began as a cooperative venture with the Institute of Archaeology, Iceland (FSÍ) in 1997. Originally the field school centered on the long running excavations at Hofstaðir, later expanding (along with the Mývatn projects) into a wider investigation of multiple Viking Age sites in the landscape. The Mývatn field school continued through the summer of 2004, eventually providing students from 26 nations a chance to experience the hot springs, lava fields, and rich insect life of this highland lake basin.

The field school collaborated closely with the Bradford University field school at Old Scatness led by Steve Dockrill and Julie Bond, and with the NSF-Funded Research Experience for Undergraduates program led by Sophia Perdikaris (Brooklyn College CUNY).

From 2005 to 2013, the field school shifted venue to Vatnsfjörður in the impressive West Fjords of Iceland. Since then the school has been run by Dr. Karen Milek (U Aberdeen) and Gardar Gudmundsson (FSI) with the active participation of Christian Keller (U Oslo) and a full range of NABO collaborating specialists. Since 2010 Julie Bond and Steve Dockrill have also ran a NABO Fieldschool on Rousay (Orkney), which was a collaboration between University of Bradford, CUNY & Orkney College. This is part of the Against Time and Tide: Investigating The Iron Age of Orkney project.

In 2016, the NABO Field School will be based at Gufuskálar.