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NSF REU Site: Exploring Globalization Through Archaeology

Program Summary

The NSF REU Site: Exploring Globalization through Archaeology project is funded from the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Sites program in the SBE Directorate (Award 1757702) . The REU Site is an international 8-week summer program on the Caribbean island of Sint Eustatius (Statia – a special municipality within The Netherlands) designed for students to acquire research skills in the fields of anthropological and forensic archaeology, and to prepare them for graduate study or employment following graduation. Students will be involved in the scientific study, analysis, and interpretation of landscapes, architecture, material culture, and human skeletal biology leading to a broader understanding of the range of human responses to globalization. In 2018, students will have the option of focusing on either the archaeological and forensic archaeological investigations of two forts or a nearby cemetery.

Students will spend approximately 4 weeks on Statia conducting data collection (field work) and 4 weeks on the Texas State University campus in San Marcos conducting laboratory analysis, report preparation, and development of a poster to be presented at an on-campus event. On Statia students will stay in dormitory-style housing and meals will be provided. At Texas State, students will stay in on-campus residence halls and have access to on-campus meal options.

Principal Investigator

Dr. Todd Ahlman
Phone: 512.245.2724


Dr. Ashley McKeown
Phone: 512.245.4964

Dr. Nick Herrmann
Phone: 512.245.6440

2018 Members

Dr. Todd M. Ahlman (archaeology)
Dr. Ashley H. McKeown (forensic archaeology)

Contact Information:
Dr. Todd Ahlman

Phone: 512-245-2724

Center for Archaeological Studies
Texas State University
601 University Drive, Trinity 120
San Marcos, TX 78666


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The Exploring Globalization Through Archaeology project is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

How to apply

Review of applicants will start on March 22, 2018 and will continue until all positions are filled. Applications must be electronically submitted to Dr. Todd Ahlman at The subject line must be: 2018 REU Site Application.

  • Application package includes
  • A completed Application Form
  • Purpose statement of not more than 500 words describing your career goals and reasons for wanting to be involved in the REU Site
  • Resume
  • Transcripts (a scanned copy of an official transcript will suffice), and two letters of reference

Applications will be reviewed at receipt of all materials. Please have reference letters emailed to

Who can apply

  • Applicants must be a US Citizen or US Permanent Resident.
  • No experience is required. Knowledge of human osteology is highly recommended for students interested in the forensic archaeology focus.
  • Women, minorities, first generation, two-year college, and military veterans are encouraged to apply.
  • Students must have a passport and proof of international health insurance.
Project Location Map
Project Site Map
View of Statia’s Lower Town from Ft. Oranje.
View of Statia’s Lower Town from Ft. Oranje.