Anthropology Summer Academic Programs and Opportunities

Anthropology Summer Academic Programs and Opportunities


Anthropology Camp for Children

BU students teach and learn through an innovative program developed using land owned by the town of Bloomsburg and equipment and facilities provided by Bloomsburg University and Quest.

The purpose of the program is to involve college students in the preparation, planning, and execution of an archaeological and anthropological learning program for children by showing them how to do archaeological fieldwork, cultural resource management, and anthropological analysis.

The children also enjoy outdoor adventures, combining outdoor adventure with archaeology, during this annual Anthropology Camp with Quest. Over the years hundreds of historic and prehistoric artifacts have been recovered including pottery, glass, metal tools, lithic cores, arrowheads (lithic biface tools), sinkers, grinding tools, features and stone flakes left from archaic people making tools thousands of years ago.

Support for this program has come from multiple offices including the COLA dean, the anthropology dept. the Quest office, URSCA grant funding, the Town of Bloomsburg, and Town Administrator William Lowthert, private land owners, and a grant from the Presidential Strategic Planning intended to support key initiatives in the Bloomsburg University Strategic Plan, Impact 2015.

Contact Sue Dauria, Ph.D., at (570) 389-4952 for more information.

The anthropology department encourages students to acquire hands-on experience, and internships are an excellent vehicle to gain this experience. Each faculty member in the department can be approached to create and facilitate internships that are appropriate for students' interests and needs.

Past internships of anthropology majors include ones with:

  • New Jersey State Museum
  • Saint Barnabas Healthcare System in West Orange, N.J.
  • Police Department of the Town of Bloomsburg
  • Northwestern Academy - Northwestern Human Services
  • Pinebrook Services for Children and Youth
  • Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit's Migrant Education Program

Summer Field School in Archaeology

Archeological Field School

DeeAnne Wymer, professor of anthropology, and a group of BU students hit the road each spring in mid-May to spend four weeks in southern Ohio digging at a Hopewell habitation site.

The archeological field school experience enables student teams to rely on new imaging technologies to uncover another living site of the Mound Builders from 2,000 years ago.

Life in the Dig