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Recommendations for Safety Education and Training for Graduate Students Directing Field Projects

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 March 2021

Kaitlyn E. Davis*
Affiliation:
Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado Boulder, 1350 Pleasant St., 233 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0233, USA
Pascale Meehan
Affiliation:
Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado Boulder, 1350 Pleasant St., 233 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0233, USA
Carla Klehm
Affiliation:
Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies, University of Arkansas, 227 N. Harmon Ave. JBHT 304, Fayetteville, AR 72701, USA
Sarah Kurnick
Affiliation:
Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado Boulder, 1350 Pleasant St., 233 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0233, USA
Catherine Cameron
Affiliation:
Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado Boulder, 1350 Pleasant St., 233 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0233, USA
*
(Kaitlyn.E.Davis@colorado.edu, corresponding author)

Abstract

Graduate schools provide students opportunities for fieldwork and training in archaeological methods and theory, but they often overlook instruction in field safety and well-being. We suggest that more explicit guidance on how to conduct safe fieldwork will improve the overall success of student-led projects and prepare students to direct safe and successful fieldwork programs as professionals. In this article, we draw on the experiences of current and recent graduate students as well as professors who have overseen graduate fieldwork to outline key considerations in improving field safety and well-being and to offer recommendations for specific training and safety protocols. In devising these considerations and recommendations, we have referenced both domestic and international field projects, as well as those involving community collaboration.

Las escuelas de posgrado proveen oportunidades para que los estudiantes realicen trabajo de campo y reciban entrenamiento sobre métodos y teoría arqueológica, pero a menudo dejan de lado la instrucción sobre seguridad y bienestar en el campo. Argumentamos que una orientación más explícita sobre cómo llevar a cabo un trabajo de campo más seguro, contribuye al éxito general de los proyectos liderados por estudiantes, a la vez que los prepara como profesionales para dirigir programas de trabajo de campo seguros y exitosos. En este artículo, nos basamos en las experiencias recientes de estudiantes de posgrado, así como de los profesores que han supervisado trabajos de campo de posgrado, para esbozar reflexiones claves que permitan mejorar la seguridad y el bienestar en el campo y ofrecer recomendaciones para capacitaciones específicas y protocolos de seguridad. Al elaborar estos argumentos y recomendaciones, hemos considerado tanto proyectos de campo nacionales como internacionales, así como aquellos que involucran colaboración comunitaria.

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