Album: 2013 NSF Fellows

“2013 was a field season that will forever change the way each Fellow views Fijian culture and its uniqueness within the world.”

Jerred Schafer, 2013 Fellow

“The participants of the 2013 REU fellows consisted of nine undergraduate students, one graduate field assistant, one documentary filmmaker, one photographer/scientific correspondent, one Fiji Museum officer, one field assistant/local informant, and of course the project principal investigator.

The sheer beauty of the Fijian landscape almost hides the truth about every Fellow in the photographs; all were usually wet, constantly battling with biting insects, watching the gear rot away, and always somewhat filthy.

Yet, through all of these obstacles every Fellow persevered with determination to overcome struggles and complete a successful archaeological field season.

2013 was a field season that will forever change the way each Fellow views Fijian culture and its uniqueness within the world.

Every participant had ups and downs in learning the true nature of archaeological fieldwork as reflected by the worn and tired Fellows in one photograph followed by smiles and laughter in the next.

Each student came from varied academic backgrounds and research interests and all came back home from the 2013 field season with a once-in-a-lifetime experience: Learning the Fijian culture both past and present.”

Jerred Schafer. 2013 NSF-REU Fiji Fellow.