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Since 1976


Innsbruck Villach
Innsbruck (left) and Villach (right) are two beautiful cities in the Austrian Alps.

Attention: Anthropology Majors & History Buffs!

Join us for a “once in a lifetime” learning and travel experience this summer in the Austrian Alps. Earn 6 UNO credits (undergraduate or graduate) while gaining invaluable experience in the field and making amazing connections with colleagues and professionals in your area of study. A cooperation between UNO, the National World War II Museum, the Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, and the University of Innsbruck, this program combines academics, field experience, history, and European travel adventures. Financial assistance is available.

Courses offered:
ANTH 3201: Field Methods in Archaeology (3 credits)
ANTH 4991/5991: Advanced Field Research in Anthropology (3-6 credits)

Archaeology field work

This two course sequence will introduce students to the methods of field archaeology through hands-on experience, excavating at the crash site of an American World War II aircraft located in the southern Austrian state of Carinthia. The course is designed to give students hands-on experience in all aspects of archaeological field work, including site identification, survey, and unit excavation. Students will learn proper hand excavation techniques, characterization of soils, basic artifact identifications, and mapping techniques, and they will manage recovered materials as forensic evidence for the identification of human remains. Students will develop these skills as part of a diverse and efficient archaeological team, working in a unique and exciting international environment.

This program was developed in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)*. It represents a cooperative effort, involv-ing the University of New Orleans, the National World War II Museum, and the University of Innsbruck in Austria, to further DPAA’s mis-sion to locate, recover, identify, and return Americans still missing from previous wars and conflicts. The course will include lectures and orientations on the history of the site and region, on field work protocols and chain of custody, and on the material culture of the World War II era. Students will begin and end the program in Innsbruck, but the bulk of the course will be spent at the dig site itself. While this course is focused on remains from World War II, the skills and techniques that will be learned by students are applicable to the practice of archaeolo-gy across the globe.

Students will spend the first week of the program in Innsbruck, Austria, in conjunction with the UNO-Innsbruck International Summer School, for orientation sessions, introductory lectures, and field trips, including tours of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site out-side of Munich, Germany and of Hitler’s “Eagle’s Nest” in Berchtesgaden, Germany. Then students will travel to Villach in the southern Austrian province of Carinthia for the field work in nearby Hohenthurn. Classes and field work will be held Monday through Friday at noon, leaving long weekends for travelling. Italy, Slovenia, and the Austrian lake district are within easy travel distance from Villach and students can also explore other parts of Europe (over for map). The program concludes again in Innsbruck for final lectures and wrap-up.

*DPAA's cooperation with this effort is not intended to indicate that DoD endorses the University of New Orleans, the WWII Museum, the University of Innsbruck, their educational offerings, or programs.

For further information please contact D. Ryan Gray, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology & Sociology, at 504-280-1072 or
Irene Ziegler, Ph.D., Program Director, Division of International Education, at 504-280-7318 or

Program Costs

University of New Orleans degree-seeking students: $5,495.00
Guest students: $5,995.00

The program cost includes: tuition, university fees, transcript fees, accommodations, some meals, opening and closing ceremonies, all class field trips, round-trip bus transportation between Innsbruck and the Munich airport and between Innsbruck and Villach, comprehensive travel medical insurance, some extracurricular activities.

Not included in the program cost: transatlantic airfare, Eurailpass, passport fees, telephone calls, meals other than those specified, weekend travel, textbooks, laundry and any other items of a personal nature.

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