The 2021 SIUC field school will include safety protocols related to the coronavirus. Field school applicants should have completed at least one year of college prior to applying, but no previous field experience is required. Students will work in small groups wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.. They also will cycle between three archaeological sites—the French Ft. Kaskaskia I (1734-1765), the American Ft. Kaskaskia II visited by the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1800-1807), the pre-Civil War African American Miller Grove community—and the SIUC Center for Archaeological Investigations curation center. Both of the fort sites (especially Fort Kaskaskia II or the Garrison Hill site, which was only discovered in 2017) are almost completely unknown from an archaeological perspective . Consequently, the 2021 field investigations will concentrate on delimiting the boundaries of and locating structures, cellars, and other features at both sites through a combination of remote sensing technologies and hand excavations. Students will receive “hands on” instruction in the use of ground penetrating radar (GPR), gradiometers, drones, and GPS mapping equipment to search for subsurface features and create detailed maps of the two forts. Hand excavations will concentrate on investigating French and American colonial period features previously discovered outside the walls of Ft. Kaskaskia as well as further investigation of the French barracks. Investigations at the Garrison Hill site seeks to recover artefactual and food remains associated with the US Army garrison at that site, from which Lewis and Clark recruited 12 of their expedition members.
The same technologies and methods will be applied to investigate the Miller Grove site, a freed slave African-American settlement established in the 1840s comprised of over 20 households, a church/school, and a cemetery that now exists entirely as an archaeological site on the Shawnee National Forest of southern Illinois. Oral histories collected from community descendants indicate that the community played a pivotal role in helping runaway slaves on their dangerous journey through southern Illinois, an area occupied by white settlers who were largely pro-southern and pro-slavery in their outlook. Field school investigations at this site may include site tours led by USDA Forest Service archaeologists and limited investigations at one or more sites if this can be done safely wearing masks and employing social distancing.
This program is a collaboration between St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) and the Maryland Archeological Conservation Lab (MAC Lab) at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. Our goal is to provide undergraduates experiences in archaeology including the latest scientific and methodological approaches to fieldwork, artifact curation, materials analysis, curatorial interpretation and public engagement with scholarly content.
This REU builds upon St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s 25 years as the state’s Public Honors College. This distinction includes a tradition of student driven research and collaboration with faculty in line with the mission of the NSF-REU program. Students will receive comprehensive training in areas of archaeological and museum practice frequently unavailable to undergraduates. By utilizing the latest technology (e.g., drone use and photogrammetry), field methods, and laboratory procedures, participants will gain experience in all stages of archaeological collections generation (i.e. excavation), care (conservation and management), and analysis (materials characterization and cataloging).
Rising sophomores and juniors as well as students currently enrolled in community colleges are strongly encouraged to apply.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania is offering two concurrent historical archaeology field schools at the site of Newport (36IN188), Pennsylvania. This field school is certified by the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA). Newport, located near Blairsville, Pennsylvania, was founded circa 1790 and served as an important river town until the early 19th century. The town included several businesses, a hotel, a post office, and a wharf. The site is now completely abandoned. This year’s archaeological investigations will include shovel test pits, excavation units, geophysics, metal detecting, photogrammetry, and artifact analysis to better understand commerce and travel through the Pennsylvania frontier. Students will be exposed to both traditional and high-tech techniques with the goal of preparing them for cultural resource management and academic careers.
ANTH 320/520 Archaeological Field School (6 credits)
An introduction to archaeological survey, field excavation, and laboratory processing.
ANTH 740 Advanced Archaeological Field Methods (4 credits)
Advanced instruction in survey and excavation field methods and technology, with an emphasis on the application of research designs to field settings, and the logistics of supervising field projects.
Cost Variable depending on credits and undergrad or grad level. The cost can be estimated using the IUP Tuition and Fee Cost Estimator (https://www.iup.edu/bursar/tuitionfees/). Housing may be available through the IUP Office of Housing and Residence Life (https://www.iup.edu/housing/) or can be obtained individually. Registration Visit the Summer Sessions website (https://www.iup.edu/summer/). For additional information, contact Professor Ben Ford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Field Schools in Australia/New Zealand
Join us to discover more about the Chinese miners who once lived and worked in the 19th century Harrietville Chinese Mining Village. For around fifty years from the early 1860s Harrietville was home to many of the thousands of Victoria’s Chinese gold miners. This will be the third season of archaeological excavation at the Chinese Mining Village, following the successful first and second seasons in October 2017 and October 2019. The largely undisturbed site includes mine workings, water races, building foundations, and gardens: a rare survivor of the heyday of Chinese gold mining in Victoria. The foundations of at least 19 buildings were discovered during a survey undertaken during Season One fieldwork in 2017. Huge quantities of food, liquor, medicines, utensils, ceramics and even coins were imported from China for the Chinese mining communities. Many fragments of these were discovered during the first two excavation seasons in 2017 and 2019, along with fragments of European tableware ceramics and glass bottles. Season Three research objectives will be to undertake more extensive excavations on a variety of building sites and gain a greater understanding of the lifestyle of the Chinese miners.
In the Alpine National Park, in the Upper Ovens Valley, in northeast Victoria, Australia, near the town of Harrietville.
For information on this field school, click on https://www.uncoveredpast.org.au/harrietville-chinese-mining-village-season3-dig-with-us-2022