South Africa: An Archaeological Survey in South Africa

June 14, 2014 – July 5, 2014 (Summer Session I)

Experience the extraordinarily rich archaeological record of South Africa through travel, archeological site visits and lectures. In this 3-week survey course, participants will visit key archaeological sites, receive an overview of the origins of humanity through to the historical period, and learn about critical issues during field site lectures from South African archaeologists deeply familiar with the region's history and prehistory. After landing in Johannesburg, participants will be transported to the Maropeng Cradle of Humankind (near Krugersdorp), where they will receive morning and afternoon lectures complemented by two days of field trips to Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, and the Ditsong (formerly Transvaal) Museum. Issues covered will include taphonomy, dietary and habitat reconstruction, and evidence for the earliest use of fire. The weekend will be dedicated to exploring the local environment, personal study, and free time.

At Maropeng, the group will stay in shared accommodation at Hominid House. The course then travels to the University of Cape Town, where students will stay at the Graca Machel residence (dormitory), with guesthouse accommodation during field trips. The course here will focus on the Middle Stone Age and Later Stone Age, examining the archaeological evidence for the emergence of modernity. The week will begin with morning and afternoon lectures followed by site visits to key archeological sites. The third week will follow a similar format and lectures and site visits will cover the Iron Age, the Historical Period, and the meaning and interpretation of Rock Art. The program leader and lead professor will be Dr. Andrew Sillen, former professor of paleoanthropology and chair of the Archaeology Department at the University of Cape Town.

This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students, all majors.

Program Dates

June 14, 2014 – July 5, 2014

Program Fee

$4,814 (includes international airfare, CISI health/travel insurance, program-related transportation in South Africa, admission to sites, housing, and most meals)

Program Fee Payment Schedule:

  • Non-Refundable Deposit Due: March 26, 2014 - $400
  • First Payment Due: April 04, 2014 - $2,500
  • Final Payment Due: May 01, 2014 - $1,914

Additional Costs

$200, plus Brooklyn College tuition. Non-tuition out-of-pocket costs include estimated costs for personal expenses, visas, Internet/telephone, laundry and out-of-pocket meals.

Courses and Credits

Participants will register for the following three-credit course:

  • ANTH 3015: Anthropology Abroad

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Financial aid may apply, and alternative loans are available. Scholarships that apply to this program are: SASA, Tow and Furman, among others (see Scholarship Opportunities).

How to Apply

Application Deadline

Monday, March 17, 2014 Deadline extended to Friday, March 28, 2014

More Information

Andrew Sillen (Program Director)
Institutional Advancement
1215 Ingersoll Hall
P: 718.951.5099

International Education and Global Engagement
1108 Boylan Hall
P: 718.951.5189


Please note that all information listed above is subject to change.