Anthropology Department

FLC Summer Field School

The 2017 Archaeological Field School will take place in southwest Colorado, from May 22 through June 30.  The Field School Application is ready.  Click here to complete the form and submit it to Dr. Riggs. 

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”?

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 survey at excavation at Petrified Forest National Park; 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; and excavation at the Pigg Site, a Pueblo II-period site near Canyon of the Ancients.

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?

Flyers for upcoming summer field classes are posted here at the beginning of the spring semester (usually by February 15), and applications for the field school are due no later than April 1. Application forms will be made available once the field program is advertised. For more information about upcoming field programs, please contact Dr. Charles Riggs (


Sifting soil


Setting up dig site


Students in kiva


Students and faculty working on a dig site.


Students at Chaco Canyon