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  • Locations: Efate and Tongoa Islands, Vanuatu; Port Vila, Vanuatu
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: ANU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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ARCH8002Photo: ARCH8002 - "Sunday Walkabout" - North Aniwa, 2017


ASIA2220/ARCH8002: Archaeology Field School will not be offered in Winter Session 2020 due to the outbreak of COVID-19. 

Take part in one of Australia's only archaeological excavation programs in the Pacific region offered to students! Supported by the Australian Research Council, this unique three-year research project is investigating human adaptation to the Kuwae eruption, one of the largest volcanic events of the last 2000 years that occurred in central Vanuatu, SHEFA Province.

Tongoa is a remnant of the island of Kuwae and the program will be focusing on reconstructing the physical and social landscapes of Kuwae both prior to the eruption and its recolonisation afterwards, through geophysical, archaeological, linguistic and oral historical field research. We will establish the date of the major Kuwae eruption, with maximum precision, again using cross-disciplinary evidence. A further focus is the radical transformation of the region that occurred in the 19th century with missionary activity and population decline. The project will also contribute to disaster risk reduction strategies for Vanuatu and similar environments of the region.

This course would be of particular interest to students studying a Master of Archaeological and Evolutionary Science or Bachelor of Archaeological Practice. More generally, it will appeal to students interested in Pacific studies, anthropology, history, heritage studies, environmental history, population dynamics and adaptation to natural hazards.

Study Activity

In-country activity for this course will run from Wednesday 24 June to Friday 17 July 2020. 

The course will commence with a half-day of pre-fieldwork preparation and teaching in Canberra. You will then arrive in Port Vila, Vanuatu on Wednesday 24 June. The following day you will tour the Vanuatu Museum and be involved in analysis of artefacts there. The next day is a full day tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Roi Mata Domain, a site of great archaeological significance and one of the few UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Pacific. You will spend several days in the area carrying out surveys before going to Tongoa Island on the 29th of June and returning to Port Vila on the 16th of July.

Your accommodation on Tongoa Island is rustic, communal accommodation with basic bathroom facilities. Sleeping arrangements are either a sponge mattress on a bed or the floor. You are required to bring your own lightweight sleeping bag. Traditional meals featuring root vegetables, fish, rice, seasonal fruit and freshly-cooked bread will be prepared for you by your hosts. Tank water is available and safe to consume.

Whilst on Tongoa you will have the chance to develop skills in conducting research in a remote area and practical archaeological skills in the field with world experts. Typical hours on-site will be 8am-4pm with an hour lunch break. You will also have the opportunity to swim in the ocean after fieldwork each day - don't forget to pack your swimsuit!
Undergraduate students will enrol in ASIA2220: Asia-Pacific In-Country Learning. Postgraduate students will enrol ARCH8002: Advanced Field Training in Archaeological Science.

Please note: assessment for this course will overlap with Semester 2, 2020. Students who wish to participate in this course and complete 24 units of study in Semester 2, 2020 will need to apply to overload.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

This opportunity is open to current ANU postgraduate and undergraduate students.

Undergraduate students must have successfully completed at least 24 units at the time of application.
All you need to do is tell us how this opportunity will benefit you and your studies and your experience with archaeology or archaeological sub-disciplines and related fields. 

Preference will be given to postgraduate students and to students studying disciplines within or related to archaeology and archaeological science. Academic results may also be taken into consideration during the selection process.

Application Details

Complete the application by Sunday 5 April 2020.

If you are successful, you will be advised of your application outcome by Monday 14 April 2020 and must be able to confirm your participation by Monday 20 April 2020.

Funding Opportunities

New Colombo Plan

CAP has secured 20 New Colombo Plan mobility grants for this study tour in 2020. Students who meet the New Colombo Plan eligibility guidelines will be provided with a $3,000 New Colombo Plan mobility grant, provided by the Australian Government. To be eligible you must:

  • Be an Australian citizen;

  • Be aged 18-28;

  • Have not received an NCP short term mobility grant previously;

  • Not hold residency rights to Vanuatu.

More information on the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan and the full eligibility requirements can be found here

Engage Asia Travel Guarantee

Successful applicants will receive $500 of funding support through the Engage Asia Travel Guarantee.


OS-HELP is a Government loan scheme to assist eligible Australian students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, who wish to undertake an overseas experience as part of their degree.

Travel and Other Costs

You will be required to individually arrange and cover the costs of your own return flights to Port Vila, Vanuatu (departing from Sydney [$6-800], Melbourne or Brisbane). You will also have to cover the costs ($180.00) of your flights from Port Vila to Tongoa return but the flight will be arranged by us. You can get to Port Vila on Virgin or Air Vanuatu. Total travel costs will be c. $A780-1000.

In Port Vila you will be required to cover the costs of some food (approximately AUD$40.00 per day but can be much less if you eat at the market). This will only be for two dinners (24 June and 16th of July) and one lunch (25 June). Breakfasts are included with your Port Vila accommodation. Accommodation in Port Vila will be covered on the 24th of June and the 16th of July.

Accommodation and food in rural Efate and Tongoa Island- $A500.00. This is a set amount and will cover the cost of your food and accommodation in the field for 3 weeks.

You will pay your tuition fees to ANU for this six unit course. You will be covered by the ANU travel insurance policy for the duration of this program.

General Information for Mobility Programs

While the College of Asia and the Pacific welcomes participation from all eligible ANU students, credit towards your degree program will be at the discretion of your home College. It is your responsibility to consult with your College's student advisors about how this course might fit into your current degree requirements.

Applicants should ensure they have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the end date of the program. 

The CAP Student Centre is not able to provide visa advice, please refer to the relevant embassy or immigration department for advice about visas.

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CAP Student Centre
M Block Demountable
Between Menzies Library and the Australian Centre for China in the World
T: 6125 3207

This program is currently not accepting applications.