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  • Locations: Bangkok, Thailand; Lopburi, Thailand
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Program Description:
Thailand Arch School
Thailand has a rich and vibrant history. It is home to one of the world's earlist Bronze Age cultures, as well as walled cities and elaborate Buddhist Temples. Today, Thailand is a thriving Southeast Asian nation with excellent cuisine and incredible natural wonders. Students in the program will learn about the prehistory of Thailand while excavating and analyzing archaeological skeletal materials from the Iron Age site of Promtin Tai. Students will also have the opportunity to visit Buddhist temples in Bangkok, explore ancient temples in Lopburi, and visit the ancient capital of Sukhothai, A UNESCO World Heritage site located in northwest Thailand.

ANT 427 requires a prerequisite of ANT 421 Human Osteology. However, the instructor may allow students with an appropriate background permission to take the course. Please contact Dr. Case by e-mail with questions. The Bioarchaeological Fieldwork course assumes that students have learned how to identify and side nearly all of the 206 bones of the human skeleton.  This can be studied in advance of the field school if necessary. ANT 389 satisfies Social Sciences GEP. 

  • Courses
    • ANT 389: Fundamentals of Archaeological Research 
    • ANT 427: Bioarchaeological Fieldwork
  • NC State Program Cost
  • Program Dates
    • June 5 - July 3, 2019
  • Locations
    • Bangkok and Lopburi, Thailand
    • Excursion to Sukhothai, Thailand
  • Contact
    • Dr. Troy Case,
  • Eligibility
    • 2.5+ GPA
    • Not on active disciplinary probation
    • Not on Academic Integrity Probation currently or during the prior semester
Students and the program directors will be housed at the Lopburi Inn. This hotel is located in the new part of Lopburi city, near one of the main roads through town. Students will share rooms (two students per room).  Hotel facilities include in-room air conditioning, telephone, shower, and small refrigerator. Wireless internet is also available.

Breakfast will be provided each morning by the hotel. During excavation days, lunch will be authentic Thai food, prepared at the site by a Thai cook. Students will be responsible for their own dinners. The hotel has a dining room, and the city has many restaurants (a few of which you will recognize from home) as well as at least two western-style grocery stores.

A four-day excursion to Sukhothai, northwest Thailand to see the ruins of the first Thai kingdom.  The Sukhothai kingdom lasted from AD 1238 to 1438 and is considered by many to be the cradle of Thai civilization. Much of Thai art, architecture, and language can be traced back here.  Sukhothai is a quiet rural town and a relaxing place to spend a couple of days viewing ruins.  

Cost information is shown in the summer budget link above. Financial aid is generally available to help qualified NC State students meet the expenses of NC State study abroad programs. Students from other institutions should contact their home institution study abroad and financial aid offices for information. For additional funding, NC State students should consider applying for a study abroad scholarship from the Study Abroad Office.

The University reserves the right to alter the program format and/or costs in case of conditions beyond its control. If the program is canceled or a student withdraws, a refund of program costs may not be available in all cases. Please refer to the Study Abroad Office Withdrawal and Refund Policy for details. Questions may be directed to

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This program is currently not accepting applications.