Anthropology Department

Field School

Archaeological Field School

The department of anthropology regularly offers 6-week summer field school classes in archaeological field methods. Our archaeological field schools are held at sites throughout the Southwest, ranging from close-to-home archaeological projects in the Durango area to more remote (but equally exciting) locations in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona. 

What do you mean by “field school”?

Drawing on the strengths of our faculty—Dr. Charles Riggs, specializing in Southwest prehistory, and Dr. Kelly Jenks, specializing in historical archaeology—our summer field projects alternate between prehistoric and historical-period sites. Field school students gain training and experience in archaeological survey and excavation methods, manual and digital mapping techniques, and artifact recovery and processing. Students also have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of Southwestern history and prehistory on field trips to significant archaeological sites. Depending on the project, students may benefit from additional training in cultural resource management, historic preservation, tribal heritage management, and working with archaeological collections.

Past FLC field school projects

Our most recent field school projects have included a cultural resource management project at three Pueblo I-period sites in the Durango area; archaeological testing and historic preservation at Los Ojitos, a 19th/20th-century Hispanic village in eastern New Mexico; excavation at the Pigg Site, a Pueblo II-period site near Canyon of the Ancients; and fieldwork at the Old Fort Lewis campus near Hesperus, Colorado.

Course description

ANTH 369: Field Training in Archaeology (6 credits). This course provides students with hands-on training in the fundamentals of archaeological field techniques at prehistoric and historical-period sites. Students may repeat this course for a maximum of 12 credits (2 times) in order to take advantage of different field opportunities. Class credits count towards an anthropology major and/or the completion of a certificate in cultural resources management at Fort Lewis College.
Prerequisite: ANTH 201: Introduction to Archaeology (or the equivalent at another institution)

Where is the field school going this year?

Upcoming summer field classes are advertised on our website at the beginning of the spring semester (usually by February 15), and applications for the field school are due no later than April 1. For more information about upcoming field programs, please contact Dr. Charles Riggs (riggs_c@fortlewis.edu) or Dr. Kelly Jenks (kljenks@fortlewis.edu).

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