The field school is often described as a rite of passage"
among archaeologists. They are considered essential for the
appropriate training of students for academic or professional
archaeological careers, and are perhaps the only universal
experience in an increasingly diverse array of archaeological
career paths. Jane Baxter's practical guide about how to run a
successful field school offers archaeologists ways to maximize the
educational and training benefits of these experiences. She
presents a wide range of pedagogical theories and techniques that
can be used to place field schools in an educational, as well as an
archaeological, context. Baxter then offers a how to" guide for
the design of field schools, including logistical, legal, and
personnel issues as well as strategies for integrating research and
teaching in the field. Replete with checklists, forms, and cogent
examples, the author gives directors and staff a set of best
practices" for designing and implementing a school.