We believe that cultivating academic excellence does not stop in the classroom. It is important for our students to become respectful, ethical citizens who are adept at addressing global challenges.
Here at Davidson Day, our travel programs not only take place in international locales, but also they give our students the opportunity to engage in genuine, without-a-net research. Each project is staffed by Davidson Day faculty and other faculty members from the world’s top universities and government organizations. Our students don’t just learn history in great spots across the globe but they are the authors of the history.
In addition to international research opportunities, we also encourage our students to complete the scientific cycle by publishing their results and presenting at professional conferences around the globe. Davidson Day hosts two such conferences, the Maya at the Playa Conference held in Florida and the Maya at the Lago Conference held on our campus.
We are proud to offer four of the only pre-collegiate archaeological field schools in the world. Since 2006, our project has partnered with the Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project to excavate and conserve the site core of the ancient Maya site of Cahal Pech in Western Belize. Our project in Zorita de los Canes in central Spain has been investigating the medieval castle of Zorita for the last five years. Built by the Moors in the 9th century, the castle saw many occupants including the Calatrava Order of Templar Knights. Since 2017, we have excavated the ancient Macedonian city of Mieza where Aristotle taught the young Alexander the Great. In just one year, the story of that once great city has been re-written. During the summer of 2018, the AFAR Program at Davidson Day will open excavations at the largest known fish processing city of the Roman Empire which is located in coastal Portugal.
Click on the links below to see further details on the unique opportunities that are provided to our students every year.