The Barbuda Archaeological Research Center’s first GIS Field School led by Dr. Becky Boger has officially begun!  Graduate and undergraduate students from Brooklyn College and Teachers College, Columbia University are taking a 3 week GIS course with an intensive field methods component.  Students arrived on Barbuda over the previous week and spent the past weekend becoming familiar with the island through tours guided by Mr. Calvin Gore (Barbuda Council), Mr. John Mussington (Principal, Sir McChesney George Secondary School), and Dr. Sophia Perdikaris (archaeologist, Brooklyn College).

In the past, Barbudans have played key roles in research on the island including the participation of Sir McChesney George Secondary School students in archaeological research.  However, this is the first time that Barbudans (teachers and students from Sir McChesney George Secondary School) will be participating in a full field school from start to finish.

Today was a more relaxed day as 10″ of rain sent the field school indoors to begin mastering GIS software.

About The Author


Dan McGovern is a graduate student at Teachers College, Columbia University. His research interests include the role of education in community-based climate change adaptation, Education for Sustainability, Place-Based Education, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Education in Emergencies, connections between Sustainability and Conflict, and community-based monitoring and research.

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