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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Canada - Yukon - Field School in Subarctic Archaeology and Ethnography - 2011

Canada - Yukon - Field School in Subarctic Archaeology and Ethnography - 2011

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2011-06-02
End Date 2011-07-18

Multiple Session information Credit Field School 2 June - 18 July. Research Internships 8 June - 13 July and 27 July - 17 August
Archaeology Field School Location
Beaver Creek, Yukon Territory, Canada

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution
Yukon College, Whitehorse Yukon. White River First Nation, Beaver Creek, Yukon Participating graduate students from University of New Mexico, University of Victoria, and University of Prince George.
Academic Credit
Archaeology Field School Tuition
6 Credit / 2nd Year = $2,200.00, includes tuition, in-field subsistence and transportation, museum fees, and course reader. - Research Internships are $550.00 per week.
Archaeology Field School Room and Board
Students are responsible for R/B in Whitehorse (3 - 4 days); generally 25.00 per day shared accommodation.
Archaeology Field School Travel
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs
Students and participants are responsible for room and board prior to arrival at the field camp through shared accomodation in a local stand alone home. Living conditions in field are by tent and camp food; costs for field food, transportation, and equipment is included in field activity fee. Attendance at Dawson City Music Festival at Student's expense.

Archaeology Field School Description

In collaboration with the White River First Nation of Beaver Creek, Yukon, and the Village Councils of Northway, Tetlin, and Tanacross, Alaska, Yukon College offers an exciting and unique opportunity to participate in ethnographic and archaeological research in the Upper Tanana River watershed, location of southeastern Beringia and the region containing some of the oldest human occupation sites in the Americas.

During summer 2011, continuing excavation at the Little John site will focus on recovery of the 10,000 to 14,000-year-old Chindadn and Denali Pleistocene levels, further investigations of Northern Archaic Holocene occupations, and documentation of contemporary and traditional land use, language, and culture. The lower levels of the site contain an abundance of Fauna remains.

This joint White River First Nation - Yukon College project involves students and local First Nation youth and elders in integrated investigations of the region's history, language, and culture. Community-based archaeology camps with local youth are also planned for August.

Field school students will receive training in all aspects of archaeological excavation, survey, and field laboratory techniques, ethnographic observation through participant observation, developing field notes, and primary analytical techniques. Field lectures will cover a range of topics as detailed in the sample course outline. The outline also contains an sample itinerary of scheduled field activities. The detailed 2011 course outline will be posted in March 2011.

Course cost of $2,200.00 includes Course Registration Fee (6 University Transfer Credits x $75.00 = $450.00), and field activity fee of $1750.00 for in-Yukon field transportation, camp subsistence, museum entrances, and Course Readers.


Non-credit Research Intern participation is available at $550.00 per week, and include field transport and camp subsistence costs.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type
Prehistoric through Historic Archaeology, Contemporary Ethnography, Oral History, Cultural Geography
Time Period
Late Pleistocene, Early Holocene, Middle Holocene, Late Prehistoric, Historic (14,000 ybp to present)
Field School Setting/Conditions
The field camp is located in a wilderness setting, 15 km north of the village of Beaver Creek, Yukon. Accommodation is in personal tents. Showers and clothes wash, internet access / phone calls, twice a week in Beaver Creek. Preparation of meals rotates throughout the field crew. Daily camp maintenance, e.g., firewood, cleaning - this is Bear Territory - is the responsibility of all crew. Regular participation in community events, e.g. horseshoes, floor hockey, Canada Day parade.
How is the project area accessed each day
The field camp is directly accessible from the Alaska Highway and serviced by Alaska Direct Busline from Whitehorse, Fairbanks, and Anchorage. Archaeological survey in the area requires ability to undertake bush hikes with daypacks and equipment for up to ten hours.
What is the daily schedule for the field school
Daily Muster at 8:30 with activities through to the evening. Six-day work week.
Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation
Twelve Years
Is there a professional certification for this field school
Directors and Instructors
- Norman Alexander Easton, Project Director and Primary Instructor, Yukon College

Additional Confirmed Instructional Specialists:
- Michael Grooms, PhD Candidate, University of New Mexico, Excavation Supervisor
- Mr. Joseph Tommy Johnny, Scottie Creek Elder, Cultural Specialist
- Ruth Johnny, Yukon Native Language Center, Certified Instructor: Upper Tanana and Northern Tutchone language, phonological transcription
- David R. Yesner, University of Alaska - Anchorage, Fauna Analysis

- Additional specialized instruction in geomorphology, lithic analysis, regional comparisons, linguistics, provided by visiting colleagues.

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn
Basic methods in Archaeological Excavation, Survey, and Field Analysis, Ethnographic and Linguistic documentation, Geomorphology, Periglacial Taphonomy, Faunal Identification, Community-based Research
On rain days will there be lab work?
Scheduling of activities is always weather and safety dependent.
Will there be additional organized activities?
Yes. Students regularly participate in community events and activities, such as Archie's Horseshoe Tournament, Canada Day Parade, floor hockey and softball pickup games, visits to local heritage sites, Solstice celebration, and regional potlatches.
Will there be additional organized activities?
Yes. Regular seminars are held two to three times a week for two hours in the evening on a variety of topics based on assigned readings.
Is travel restriced during free time?
Yes. Evening quiet curfew is 11 p.m., unless extended by permission of the Director. Travel into village is dependent on transport.

Other resources students will find useful
The Course Web Page (see above) contains additional links to background papers, required and recommended gear, and preliminary and required readings.

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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Field School Contact Information

Professor Norman Alexander Easton Anthropology and Archaeology School of Liberal Arts Yukon College 500 College Drive - P.O. Box 2799 Whitehorse, Yukon Territory Canada Y1A 5K4

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