The St. Eustatius Center for Archaeological Research

The St. Eustatius Center for Archaeological Research is a non-profit organization located on the small volcanic island of St. Eustatius in the Dutch Caribbean.  We seek to uncover, preserve, and protect the rich history of St. Eustatius through research, outreach, development, and the help of our volunteers.

For the 2015 field school, we will be working on Fair Play plantation, a beautiful eighteenth-century plantation site with stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and the Quill volcano. This site contains many interesting ruins, including the only standing wind mill on the island.

Recent projects we've done include the discovery and excavation of an eighteenth-century slave village and a survey in the jungle on the slopes of the Quill volcano. Underwater archaeological programs will also be set up throughout 2015.

We work 5 days a week (Monday-Friday), weekends are off. Usually we excavate in the mornings, and process artifacts in the afternoon. We offer participants to learn all dimensions of archaeological field- and lab work, including survey and excavation methods, archaeological drawing and photography, artifact processing and conservation, and much more. Archaeological work will be combined with visits to other archaeological sites on the island, and lectures on the history and archaeology of Statia and the rest of the Caribbean.

By excavating on St. Eustatius you not only learn about historical archaeology, but also about the political, social and economic dimensions of conducting archaeology in a Caribbean society. As a final note, excavation on Statia is not all hard work. Participants are encouraged to take advantage of some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the Caribbean, go kayaking, relax on the beach, and explore the National Parks (see such as the rain forest in the dormant Quill volcano or the remnants of an extinct volcano in the north. Diving is great throughout the year, and is considered to be one of the best in the Caribbean (visit for more information). We also encourage you to enjoy the local culture, cuisine, and music that is part of the low-key friendly nightlife on Statia. For more information on St. Eustatius please visit the Statia Tourism website at

Duration / Dates

Rolling deadline 2014

Volunteers can come for as little as one week to as long as six months

Costs / Pay

$550 per week

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