ANTH 494PC: PCIA Field School 2014


The Department of Anthropology is delighted to offer ANTH 494PC: Anthropological Field Studies: Pimu-Catalina Island (California)

Pimu-Catalina Island Archaeological Field School

July 18,2014 - August 15, 2014

Santa Catalina Island is an important hub for the intermingling of people and the exchange of ideas and objects. Surrounded by rich marine and lithic resources, Island people were contributors to an extensive trade network throughout southern California and the Southwest. PCIAFS provides students with a practical working knowledge of survey, excavation, lab and cataloging methods as well as the application of cultural resource and environmental law and policies within a land conservancy. All this happens while being immersed in 9,000 years of cultural history with lectures given by local experts, Tongva tribal members, and research professionals.  Now in its seventh year, we have trained more than 80 students from all over the country and have documented over 80 different archaeological sites across Catalina Island. The field school is part of the ongoing Pimu Catalina Island Archaeology Project (PCIAP), which is working to assess and protect archaeological sites on Catalina Island.  The PCIAFS is RPA-certified.

For more information about the class, view the PCIAP website

You can also read an article about the PCIAP in American Archaeology Magazine

Students will earn 8 semester units of credit from California State University, Northridge


Academic Fees: $1750

Field Fees: $2400

Field fees include room and board throughout the field season, transportation to and from the field or lab each work day and basic research expenses. Students must also provide for their own transportation to the ferry departure location near San Pedro, California and should expect additional expenses such as incidentals and activities on days off while on the island.

There are scholarships available for matriculated CSUN students.  For more information, contact .

Non-CSUN students should speak with their home institutions about support and financial aid.

Important dates:

March 1, 2014: Priority given to applications received before this date. Applications received after this date will be reviewed on a space available basis.

April 1, 2014: $500 deposit due. Spaces no longer guaranteed if deposit not received by this date.

May 1, 2014: Last day to withdraw and receive a refund on your deposit.

June 1, 2014: Last day to pay fees in full to guarantee spot in fieldschool.

July 1, 2014: Last day to withdraw and receive a refund on your field fees, minus $500 non-refundable deposit.

Download the application

For more information, contact:

Wendy Teeter, PhD

Director, Pimu-Catalina Island Archaeological Project



Cathy Costin

Chair, Department of Anthropology

California State University, Northridge