FLC Summer Field School

The 2019 Archaeological Field School will take place in southwest Colorado, from May 13 through June 21.  The Field School Application is ready.

Click here to complete the form and submit it to Dr. Tune. 

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 excavations at the Pueblo I/Pueblo II period Bowthorpe site in Southwest Colorado; survey and 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 III-period site next to Lowry Ruins, in Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.

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?

Click here to complete the application.

This summer's field school will be the second season at the Bowthorpe Site (5MT 9399), a Pueblo I/Pueblo II period habitation site in Southwest Colorado.  Applications for the field school are due no later than March 15.  Applications forms can be found by following the link above. 

For more information about upcoming field programs, please contact Dr. Jesse Tune (jwtune@fortlewis.edu) or Dr. Charles Riggs (riggs_c@fortlewis.edu).




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