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England (Poulton)

The Southern Connecticut State University
Department of Anthropology presents
The 2017 International Field Study in...





Poulton Application (PDF)

(Please return completed application to Michael Schindel in EN A-220)

Students enrolled  in the Poulton field school program will be given an unprecedented opportunity to experience an intensive field school study in archaeology and English history. Located just five miles from the medieval city of Chester, Poulton is home to a multi-period excavation site dating back to the Mesolithic period. Prior excavations have uncovered a chapel and graveyard, which has yielded over 850 skeletal remains thus far, and which suggests another 800 burials yet to be unearthed. There is evidence, too, of high-status Roman occupation, Bronze Age farming, Neolithic activity and Mesolithic use of the site for seasonal hunting; it is suggested that Poulton has been home to nearly 10,000 years of continuous human activity.

While abroad, students will participate in the continuing excavation, spending ten days on-site, working alongside archaeologists and volunteers. Students will be expected to learn archaeological methodology, gain hands-on experience in an active and significant excavation, and learn how to process artifacts and human skeletal remains. While not on-site, students will visit other ruins of historic and prehistoric significance, process artifacts and skeletal remains in the Liverpool John Moores University bio-archaeology lab and explore the city of Chester.


Students must enroll in the following three-credit course. Each student must also register for an additional three (3) credits at SCSU, via their BannerWeb account. All tuition must be paid directly to the Student Accounts Office.

ANT 305: Field School in Archaeology


Students must complete Southern's risk management paperwork before traveling abroad. Students must also have a record free of disciplinary problems, and have a valid passport.


Students will lodge in The Bunkroom, a hostel just outside of Chester. While abroad, students will have full access to all amenities in the hostel, including a full kitchen and laundry facilities. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for the duration of the program, and participants can purchase dinner in one of the nearby pubs and restaurants. 


A non-refundable deposit of $500 made out to "SCSU" ' is due upon submitting an application. A second payment is due on March 22, 2017. The remainder of the balance is due no later than May 1, 2017.

Program Fee Includes:

• Transportation to and from airports
• Airfare
• Lodging, including breakfast and lunch
• Transportation in the UK
• Entrance fees to historical sites and all excursion expenses

Program Fee Does Not Include:

SCSU's tuition and summer registration fee ($1,612), personal expenses, touring, books, laundry, snacks, medical and living expenses, or any additional expenses that alter the itinerary or arrangements

Please Note:
All participants in the program are required to have supplemental travel insurance. Students must either purchase Aetna Student Health Plan, which includes OnCall emergency coverage, or OnCall stand-alone emergency coverage for $36.00. This policy can be purchased in the OIE).For more information, contact the Office of International Education at 203-392-7257.

Program fees are based upon historical program costs and current rates of exchange. Extreme fluctuation in exchange rates or boarding costs may result in additional fees being charged. The University reserves the right to change the itinerary of proposed trips if needed to control the cost of the overall trip. In the event that additional fees exceed the current costs by more than 20%, the student may choose to drop the course and receive a refund of all funds recoverable by the university. Fees will be frozen on May 1, 2017, and after this date there will be no refunds. The program does not accept responsibility for personal property, which must be insured separately if desired, and reserves the right to make changes required by circumstances. In particular, students are urged not to bring valuables with them.

*The deposit will be returned if application is not accepted by the Program Director.
For information regarding financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at
(203) 392-5222 or



Currently, all courses abroad for the academic year are expected to operate. Southern Connecticut State University's Office of International Education (SCSU-OIE) will monitor world events and make any change to this decision on an individual course basis any time between now and the departure dates.

If Southern Connecticut State University cancels an off-campus course, students will be refunded their deposits and all monies the university is able to recover from program providers. The SCSU-OIE office will negotiate with providers for the refunds.

If a student withdraws from an off-campus course at any time between now and the departure date, the student will forfeit his/her deposit but will be refunded all other recoverable amounts. In the event the price of the trip rises more than 20%, the student may withdraw and receive both recoverable funds and deposit.

Students who must cancel their participation in a course abroad program must do so in writing to Dr. Erin Heidkamp, Director of the Office of International Education.

The Office of International Education will work to delay payment to providers on costs for course abroad programs as long as possible and request clearly-stated refund policies from all providers for all programs prior to payments. Students who wish to purchase cancellation insurance should contact their insurance provider.

If Southern Connecticut State University cancels an off-campus course, the staff of SCSU-OIE will work with individual course abroad faculty members in adapting their course, when possible, for the Southern Connecticut State University campus. This is understood to be an emergency procedure in place as a result of unusual or unforeseen world events. If an off-campus course cannot be adapted to the on-campus setting, the faculty member will work to develop an alternative on-campus course for the students enrolled. If this is possible, efforts will be made to enroll students in existing on-campus courses.

 For more information, please contact:

Dr. Kathleen Skoczen
Department of Anthropology
Engleman Hall C-026d