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Fieldwork and Field Opportunities

The Univesity of Kentucky Department of Antropology Field School is held during the eight week summer session (June and July). Six hours of course credit can be had at the undergraduate or graduate level.  Past field schools have been conducted at historic sites, such as Shakertown at Pleasant Hill, and Camp Nelson, a Civil War depot and recruitment site, and prehistoric sites, such as Fox Farm, a Fort Ancient (A.D. 1200-1700) village and Early Archaic (8000-6000 B.C.) rockshelters in Cumberland County, and at sites in Virginia and Georgia.  This year the field school will again be held at Forx Farm. For more information contact the University of Kentucky Anthropology Department http://www.as.uky.edu/academics/departments_programs/Anthropology/Anthropology/Pages/default.aspx or Gwynn Henderson, KAS Educational Coordinator.

The Univesity of Louisville Department of Antropology Field School is held during the summer. Six hours of course credit can be had at the undergraduate level.  For more information contact the University of Louisville Anthropology Department http://louisville.edu/anthropology

Eastern Kentucky University's Anthropology Department's Field School is held during the summer. Six hours of course credit can be had at the undergraduate level.  For more information contact the University of Louisville Anthropology Department http://www.anthropology.eku.edu/archaeology.php

Murray State University's Field School is held during the summer. Six hours of course credit can be had the undergraduate or graduate level.  For more information contact the Murray State Geosciences Department online: www.murraystate.edu/qacd/cos/geo/geos.htm 

See Shovelbums web site for other Field School opportunities http://www.shovelbums.org/index.php?option=com_sobi2&catid=4&Itemid=54

Avocational archaeological societies, such as the Falls of the Ohio Archaeological Society, which is based out of the Louisville area, and the Central Ohio Valley Archaeological Society, which is based out of the Cincinnati/northern Kentucky area, offer the public opportunities to participate in archaeological research. These groups also sponsor monthly presentations that are open to the public.  For more information contact http://www.falls-society.org/index.php or http://covas.org/

Behringer-Crawford Museum – Covington, KY.  As part of the Junior Archaeology Camp program, students assist in every aspect of an actual archaeological excavation (dig, screen, take notes) in northern Kentucky.  Then at the museum, students wash and sort artifacts and prepare an exhibit about the site that is displayed at the museum.  Age groups: 8-10 and 11-17 year olds.  More info at http://www.bcmuseum.org/bcmuseum/summercamps09.htm

Archaeological Fieldwork Opportunities Bulletin compiled by the staff of the Archaeological Institute of America, it offers a wealth of advice and information for anyone planning to go on an archaeological excavation. You'll find projects looking for volunteers all over the United States, Europe and further afield. Available online http://www.archaeological.org/webinfo.php?page=10015

Center for American Archaeology – Kampsville, IL.  Offers a variety of programs.  Summer field schools for jr. high, high school, college, adults, seniors, and families (1 or 2 weeks for all except high school students, which are 1, 2, or 5 weeks long).  Also a special 1-week teacher field school, and a special 3-day archaeology workshop for Boy Scouts relative to the Archaeology Merit Badge.  Other workshops include flintknapping, ceramics, artifact illustration, and archival research. Contact them at  618/653-4316 or http://www.caa-archeology.org/  

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center - Cortez, CO.  Offers a variety of archaeological programs in which people can participate with professional archaeologists in scientific research.  Also offered is a week-long teachers' workshop in which participants concentrate on archaeology, ethnobotany, and Anasazi culture.  Teachers learn how to bring the excitement of archaeology into the classroom by exploring archaeological techniques in the field and by examining methods for teaching archaeology and prehistory.  Educators of all grade levels can participate.  Three hours of graduate credit is available.   http://www.crowcanyon.org  

Earthwatch.  For a tax-deductible contribution, volunteers work with scientists on archaeological and natural science projects around the world.  http://www.earthwatch.org/expedition/ 

Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center Offers one- or two-week summer field schools for teachers, the general public, and high school students.  Also one- and two-day archaeology summer camps for precollegiate students.  For more information visit the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center on line http://www.uwlax.edu/mvac/  

Old Pueblo Archaeology Center – Tucson, AZ Provides a variety of educational activities and fieldwork opportunities.  For more information visit their online education resources and upcoming fieldwork events:  http://www.oldpueblo.org/edu.html 

Passport in Time (PIT) is a volunteer program of the U.S.D.A. Forest Service that provides opportunities for individuals and families to work with professional archaeologists and historians on National Forests across the country on a variety of historic preservation projects, such as archaeological survey or excavations, historic structures restoration, rock-art documentation, and oral history.  The PIT Traveler announces the current season's opportunities in March and September: http://www.passportintime.com/  

Summer Fieldwork Opportunities is updated annually and available online from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, Anthropology Outreach Office.  It provides a list of opportunities for teachers and students (ages 16 and older) to participate in summer fieldwork in anthropology and archaeology.  The address is http://www.nmnh.si.edu/anthro/outreach/outrch1.html 

 

Last Updated 2/20/2010