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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

North America – Pacific Northwest – Washington – Yama Project - 2016

North America – Pacific Northwest – Washington – Yama Project - 2016

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2016-07-05
End Date 2016-08-25

Multiple Sessions No

Archaeology Field School Location
Olympic College 1600 Chester Avenue Bremerton, WA 98337

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution
Olympic College
Academic Credit
Archaeology Field School Tuition
Tuition and Registration $1,174.38 (WA Resident) $1,314.40 (Non-Resident) $2,908.76 (International) *Listed tuition costs are subject to change
Archaeology Field School Room and Board
Local students will be able reside in their homes and students coming from more distant locations can apply for housing in the OC residence hall. Application fee: $150 Damage Deposit: $150 $500 monthly, prorated 60 +/- days, $16.67 per day. See website for further details and application; prices subject to change. Students who need accommodations must contact Michael Emanuel, Resident Hall Manager for details.
Archaeology Field School Travel
Responsible for own transportation from their residence to the site.

Archaeology Field School Description

The 2016 Field School will focus on a late 18th and early 19th century Japanese immigrant village called Yama on Bainbridge Island, Washington. The course offers a high quality academic experience for undergraduate students. It is an 8-week, twelve-credit course that introduces students to field and laboratory methods and techniques. The Field School provides hands-on training in archaeological, historical, and environmental research and sharpens students’ skills in archaeology. Fieldwork and training at Yama will involve surface survey, locating site features over an approximate 7-acre area, testing at select features, and laboratory analysis of artifact collections. Research will center on mapping the internal features of the site and gathering information about household organization. The village began in 1883. Young unmarried Japanese males were employed at the nearby Blakely Saw Mill, the largest in the United States at the time. Over the next twenty years Yama grew in size to nearly 300 people that included bachelors and married couples. Single men were situated in the lower half of the village called Nagaya and the families occupied the southern slope section where houses were placed in rows and on stepped-terraces. By the early 1900s, the village contained a store, a hotel, a Baptist Mission, and a Buddhist Temple/Community Hall. Several other ethnic enclaves surrounded the saw mill complex including Hawaiian, Scandinavian, Italian, Chinese, and Suquamish settlements. This entire milling operation and ethnic worker settlements, were abandoned by the 1930s, slowly replaced by modern beachfront residences, park facilities, commercial shops, and small seaside communities. Yama today is the only preserved community of the original Port Blakely Mill complex. Currently, it consists of vacant, undeveloped land parcels within Blakely Harbor Park where low terraces, trash deposits, and small piled brick clusters hidden beneath the tall fir forest and thick ivy represent subtle remains of a once flourishing settlement. The 2016 season will focus on surface survey, feature analysis, and limited test excavation. Diagnostic artifacts will be collected during survey and features will be cleaned, mapped, and identified. Select testing will be conducted in chosen site areas to obtain collections for laboratory analysis and to define feature type and function. Students will learn methods and techniques relating to archaeological survey, excavation, profiling, floatation, and mapping using a diversity of instruments and recording procedures. As the site grid was completed in the 2015 season, students will have one day devoted to learning grid mapping techniques. A laboratory at the OC campus will also provide instruction and training. This will involve identifying artifacts and learning procedures used to process, sort, catalogue, and analyze historic materials, including animal bone, shell, glass, ceramics, metal, and other recovered items. Artifacts will also need to be drawn, photographed and stored in proper containers. Computer databases will be used to catalog the collections. At the end of the course, students prepare a written field report and a public presentation of research results. Students will also be encouraged to present papers relating to the research results at a regional professional conference after the conclusion of the course.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type
Time Period
1880s-1920s CE
Field School Setting/Conditions
Tall fir forest, ivy with underbrush. Site is on Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District land near residential area. It is approximately 50 minute drive from Bremerton campus of Olympic College.
How is the project area accessed each day
Road access and short walk through woods on semi-cleared path.
What is the daily schedule for the field school
Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm Monday-Wednesday at the site on Bainbridge Island, WA. Thursday and Friday are lab days on campus at Olympic College, Bremerton, WA.
Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation

Directors and Instructors
Dr. Caroline Hartse, Project Manager Floyd Aranyosi, Principal Investigator and Field Director
Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn
Students learn the principles of site survey, proper recording of provenience, artifact recovery, feature analysis, laboratory analysis, and cataloging.
On rain days will there be lab work?
In case of extremely heavy rain, lab days may be substituted for field days. However, PNW summer is usually mild.
Will there be additional organized activities?
Will there be additional organized activities?
Is travel restriced during free time?

Other resources students will find useful
A course manual will be available for enrolled students and volunteers: Drolet, R. and Floyd Aranyosi 2015, Archaeology Field and Lab Manual for Yama (45KP105).

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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Field School Contact Information

E. Floyd Aranyosi HSS Bld., Rm 332 1600 Chester Ave. Bremerton, WA 98337

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