Fort Lewis College Archaeological Field School 2013
When: June 2 - July 5, 2013
Where: Ridges Basin (on the shore of Lake Nighthorse), about 10 minutes southwest of Durango, CO.
What: The goals of this archaeological field school are to introduce students to archaeological field methods and provide them with an understanding of, and experience in, cultural resource management (CRM). The field program will include limited archaeological survey, excavation, and extensive site documentation at three Basketmaker III/Pueblo I sites in Ridges Basin, situated on the north shore of Lake Nighthorse. Students will also have the opportunity to learn other valuable skills, including digital and manual mapping, surface and subsurface sampling, and field-to-laboratory procedures. Finally, a series of evening lectures will inform students about the project’s research agenda and provide a necessary background in archaeological research design, cultural resource management law, and ethics.
Courses: There are two course offerings: ANTH 369: Field Training in Archaeology and ANTH 403: Advanced Archaeological Field Techniques. The former is open to students who have completed ANTH 201: Introduction to Archaeology (or the equivalent at another institution), while the latter is available to students who have previously attended a field school and are looking to gain supervisory experience. Each class counts for 6 credits. Both courses count towards an anthropology major, archaeology minor, and/or the completion of a certificate in cultural resources management at Fort Lewis College.
The field school will be followed in summer session III (July 7–August 9, 2013) by
ANTH 430: Advanced Topics in Southwestern
Archaeology, wherein students who have completed the field school will have the opportunity to gain invaluable experience (and possible author credit) by analyzing and reporting on data collected during fieldwork. This 4-credit class, which will meet on campus in the
archaeology lab, also counts toward an anthropology major,
archaeology minor, and/or the completion of a CRM certificate.
: The tuition rates for summer 2013 are $200/credit for Colorado residents and $670/credit for non-residents, thus the total tuition cost for residents will be $1,200 and for non-residents will be $4,020. Enrolled tribal members are eligible for the tuition waiver (visit the Native American Tuition Waiver and Tribal Scholarships page for more information). Students must also pay $55.40/credit ($332.40 for 6 credits) in mandatory student fees.
While tuition covers the cost of the class it does not cover transportation, housing, or food. The archaeology program will provide transportation to and from the field site; however, students should provide their own transportation if they wish to be able to travel elsewhere during evenings/weekends, and should expect to cover expenses associated with housing and meals. On-campus housing is available to non-residents and costs between $665 and $850.
To Apply: Download and complete this application form and submit it to Dr. Charles Riggs (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; office: CSWS 280; mailing address: 1000 Rim Drive, Durango, CO 81301) by April 1, 2013.