Dig the Neolithic: Archaeology Field School (2016)

The Willamette University Archaeology Field School offers students the exciting opportunity to experience The Heart of neolithic Orkney (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) first hand.

Students from WU will work with Orkney College as it unearths a "Neolithic cathedral" on the Ness of Brodgar. This excavation is redefining the understanding of the Neolithic World and was listed by the Archaeological Institute of America as one of the top 15 "most significant discoveries of 2009."  Located in one of the most archaeologically significant parts of the United Kingdom, Orkney College is part of the University of the Highlands and Islands.  WHEN APPLYING, LOOK FOR THE PROGRAM "SUMMER SCOTLAND" TO COMPLETE AN APPLICATION.

Program Details


Ness of Brodgar, Orkney Islands, Scotland
Orkney College, University of Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute


Saturday, July 9, 2016 through Saturday, August 6, 2016


Scott Pike, Associate Professor of Environmental and Earth Science, Willamette University


  • 1.0 cr. of ARCH 355, Archaeology Field School or for students who have already taken ARCH 355
  • 1.0 cr. of ARCH 498, Advanced Archaeology Field School


  • Tentatively $4,789 for WU students ($4,989 for non-WU students) based on 13 people but details are still being finalized for 2016 so this amount is subject to change.
  • The program cost includes WU tuition, lodging, local transportation and ferry fees, study abroad health insurance, museum fees and field trips.
  • The program cost DOES NOT include meals so that students can economize as they choose with a suggested budget of $750 for food.
  • Transportation to and from the island is NOT included (est. $2,000).


Willamette University students who are interested in participating in the field school are encouraged to apply to the Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology Student Field School Grants that provide some funding ($3,000) toward the cost of the program and travel to and from the site.


The deadline for this summer program has been extended to January 25, 2016.  Students must use the link below to apply, but when completing their application, should apply under the "Summer Scotland" program and then choose the academic term of "Summer II, 2016."  This will allow you to submit applications until the new deadline. 

If you've previously started but not completed an application, you can pull any completed recommendations or personal statements from your old Scotland application into your new "Summer II" application.

For any questions or if you experience problems, please email oieadvising@willamette.edu.  [PLEASE NOTE:  All WU offices will be closed starting December 24, 2015 and will reopen on January 4, 2016.  You may not receive an answer to any inquiries sent during that time.]

Non-Willamette Students

Non-Willamette students are welcome to apply using the same application, but must meet all WU deadlines. In addition to applying using the application on the OIE website, if you are a non-WU student applying, please have your home university (and any other universities you've attended) send an official transcript to: International Education, Willamette University, 900 State Street, Salem, OR 97301. Transcripts must arrive by the application deadline for full consideration.  

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The site and the Willamette program have been featured in a number of places:

For more information, email Scott Pike or oieadvising@willamette.edu.