Field school achieves national recognition

The Dr. James W. Jordan Archaeology Field School recently became one of the fewer than 10 percent of field schools in the world that are certified by the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA).

Of the 189 field schools worldwide, only 17, including Longwood’s, are RPA certified. Longwood’s field school is also the only one in Virginia to achieve certification.

Certification aims to ensure that field school students are trained in “the discipline’s highest standards of research and site stewardship,” said Dr. Brian Bates ’92, field school director. “This distinguishes our students and will give them an advantage in the workplace.”