Every other summer on the odd year, the department offers an archaeology field course. Students spend two months in the field, first in the Pacific Northwest learning excavation techniques at the Slocan Narrows site in British Columbia, Canada, and second in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina learning techniques in archaeological survey. Students explore a variety of field methods and gain the experience living and interacting in a field camp on active research projects lead by Hamilton faculty.
Department faculty members also conduct other summer research by supervising Levitt, Emerson, and science student research fellows. Students have conducted research in the U.S. but also internationally in Canada, India, Ireland, and Romania.