Founded in 1902 on the north bank of the Tanana River, The Chena Townsite was a bustling goldrush town home to thousands of miners and settlers that flocked to the region in search of prosperity. Chena rivaled its close neighbor Fairbanks as the commercial center of mining operations in the Alaska Interior. The rivalry lasted only a few short decades, however, before Fairbanks emerged victorious. Chena became a ghost town by 1920 and was all but forgotten. Little remains of the once thriving town. In the past two decades however, archaeologists have mapped, surveyed, and begun to excavate parts of Chena in hopes of better understanding its birth and abandonment. This year we will continue this research by conducting archaeological survey and excavations at the site where Chena once stood.
The Chena Townsite is located just outside of Fairbanks, Alaska. Students will live in their own accommodations or on campus and report to the site daily. Students will provide their own lunches, but all tools and equipment will be provided. Participants will learn the fundamental skills of archaeological fieldwork while excavating and documenting historic structures and artifacts. They will examine artifacts, botanicals, sediments, and faunal materials to learn analytical techniques while providing insight into the lives of the traders, miners, and other members of this short-lived historic community.
Please contact Dr. Justin Cramb (email@example.com) for more information or to register.
SIU 2022 Summer Field School in Historical Archaeology
Anthropology 496 - Six Credits – May 23 through Ju1y 1, 2022
Watch the 2017 field school video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B60JDvUMgtI
The archaeology summer field school is a six-credit course designed to provide students with
instruction in archaeological excavation and analytical methods. This six-week course will involve daylong
investigations at three important historic period archaeological sites—Ft. Kaskaskia I and II and
the Miller Grove Site—in southern Illinois. Ft. Kaskaskia I is a French colonial fort (1759-1763) that was
later occupied by a US Infantry Company in 1802. Ft. Kaskaskia II was built by that same Infantry
Company in 1802-1803 and visited by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in the fall of 1803. Miller Grove
is an African-American settlement in Illinois established in the 1840s by recently freed people from
Tennessee that is now 100% owned by the Shawnee National Forest.
Students will learn basic mapping, surveying, excavation and techniques. We also will work with
ground penetrating radar (GPR) and gradiometric instruments that can locate archaeological features
below the ground.
WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?
- Earn SIX 400-level credits toward your degree
- No exams and no required readings
- Commute from Carbondale daily - do archaeology without having to travel far away
- Archaeology is so much fun!
TUITION* (6 Credits) 1891.80 USD
FEES Materials/Transportation 300 USD and Class Fee 250USD
*All students (in-state and out-of-state) pay the same in-state rate.
No meals or lodging are included in the cost of tuition, but lodging options are available through the program. Please contact Dr.
Wagner for details regarding subsidized or potentially free on-campus accommodations!
More details, including an application form, can be found at: http://cola.siu.edu/anthro/undergraduate/field-school
or email your questions to Dr. Mark Wagner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In collaboration with the Kaibab National Forest, Northern Arizona University is hosting our first field season at Apex, Arizona, a Depression-era logging camp along the Grand Canyon Railway near Tusayan. We will conduct survey, excavations, and remote sensing of the schoolhouse, domestic features, and sites of labor. We will also take field trips to the Grand Canyon and historic and prehistoric sites around the area!
Undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in Historical Archaeology and looking for hands-on experience in excavation, survey, mapping, artifact analysis, and public archaeology are encouraged to apply and earn 3 graduate credits!
Cost: $2,318.00—Includes 3 credits, transportation to and from Flagstaff and the site, meals, and campsite fees. Scholarships are available (Scholarship amount will depend on the number of applicants, but should range between $500 and $1000).
Not included: housing outside of field days and personal expenses.
To enroll in ANT511, students must have 12 anthropology credits and instructor permission. Applications are due April 15. We will be following all United States Forest Service COVID-19 Guidelines.
For more information and an application, visit https://nau.edu/anthropology/apex-arizona-archaeology-project/ or contact Dr. Emily Dale at email@example.com
Jamestown Rediscovery / University of Virginia Summer Field School 2022
Jamestown Rediscovery and the University of Virginia are pleased to offer a field school at Historic Jamestowne—the first permanent English colony in North America—from May 31 to July 8, 2022. This field school provides a unique opportunity for students of all backgrounds to contribute to the research and interpretation of early 17th-century America. Through hands-on fieldwork, students will learn archaeological excavation methods from the Jamestown Rediscovery team, who have excavated at the site for over 25 years.
Course topics include:
- Archaeological Excavation Methods
- Artifact Recovery, Identification, and Processing
- Feature Excavation and Analysis
- Archaeological Mapping
- Ground-Penetrating Radar
The course also includes field trips and weekly seminars exploring the contributions of historical archaeology to colonial history, as well as recent literature in the discipline.
Historic Jamestowne is located on Jamestown Island, near Williamsburg, Virginia. Students who successfully complete the field school will receive 6 graduate credits (Anthropology 5589) through the University of Virginia. Housing is available for students at the College of William & Mary for the duration of the field school for an additional cost.
For more information, including costs for tuition and housing, and application forms please visit https://historicjamestowne.org/archaeology/archaeological-field-school/. Completed applications must be received by April 1, 2022.
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
Field Schools in Europe
- Underwater Archaeology in the Black Sea (Bulgaria)
- The Neolithic of the Holy Land: Excavations at the Neolithic site of Sha’ar Hagolan (Israel)
- Neanderthal Crossroads: Excavations at the Middle Paleolithic Site Uzun Mera (N. Macedonia)
- Stobi (The Capital City of Macedonia Secunda) Excavation Project (N. Macedonia)
- Tell Yunatsite Excavations – Seeking Europe's First Civilization (Bulgaria)
- Ancient Greeks in the Land of Dionysos - Excavation of Emporion Pistiros, Thrace (Bulgaria)
- Bona Mansio - Roman Road Station on Via Diagonalis (Bulgaria)
- Workshops for Interventive & Preventive Conservation of Metal, Paper and Textiles (Greece)
- Workshop for Conservation of Roman Mosaics (N. Macedonia)
- Workshops for Conservation of Roman Pottery and Glass (N. Macedonia)
- "Fresco Hunting" Photo Research Expedition to Medieval Balkan Churches (Bulgaria)