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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 2020, students will have the option of focusing on archaeological investigations of a plantation, the forensic archaeological recovery and analysis of a nearby cemetery, and the geophysical survey of the plantation slave village.

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

2020 Members

Dr. Todd M. Ahlman
Dr. Ashley H. McKeown

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

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 February 1, 2020 and will continue until all positions are filled. Applications must be electronically submitted to Dr. Todd Ahlman at The subject line must be: 2020 REU Site Application.

  • Application package includes
  • A completed Application Form
  • Purpose statement of not more than 750 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.
  • Applicants must be undergraduate students currently enrolled for classes at a two or four-year college or university. Two year college students enrolled in or plan to enroll in a four-year school are eligible to apply. If you graduate in May 2020, you are not eligible to apply.
  • 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
Project site, Statia’s Lower Town, Ft. Oranje.
View of Statia’s Lower Town from Ft. Oranje.