​​Chris Keith, a master's student in anthropology, participated in Anthropology Associate Professor Marco Meniketti's summer program on the island of Nevis, in the Caribbean. During the trip, Keith studied the remains of a prehistoric female to better understand the lives and settlement dynamics of indigenous pre-contact Caribbean peoples.

"Chris' work was highly significant in terms of the broad panorama of indigenous peoples of the Americas and provided a unique case study of a poorly understood historic population," says Dr. Meniketti. "His efforts to recover, document, and fully study the remains have important ramifications in the study of settlement dynamics of the Americas."

Scholarly opportunities and publications for both Keith and Dr. Meniketti resulted from their experiences; these came about through the Field School, a unique faculty-led study abroad program that provides students with experience investigating the intersections of historical and prehistoric landscapes.​

Students at the Field School contribute directly to research on issues such as slavery and environmental change, while living abroad and immersed in local culture. Students are instructed in and conduct every phase of archaeological survey and mapping, excavation, the recovery and analysis of artifacts, and synthesizing data collection with historical knowledge.