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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

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

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

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2014-06-03
End Date 2014-07-18

Multiple Sessions yes
Multiple Session information Students have the option to co-register in ANTH 226 - Analytical Methods in Archaeology and Ethnography which runs concurrently with ANTH 225 and requires two further weeks in laboratory work in Whitehorse, July 22 - August 1.
Archaeology Field School Location
Little John Field Camp, Beaver Creek, Yukon Territory, Canada

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution
Yukon College, Whitehorse, Yukon
Academic Credit
ANTH 225 = 6 Credits ANTH 226 = 3 Credits
Archaeology Field School Tuition
ANTH 225 - 6 Credits - $660.00 ANTH 226 - 3 Credits - $340.00
FIELD FEE $700.00 Reduced from $1700.00 for 2014

Archaeology Field School Room and Board
Students are responsible for room and board in Whitehorse prior to departure to the field at c. 25.00 per day (6 days at start of course) and personal expenditures. ANTH 226 students responsible for room and board July 18 - Aug 1 at similar rate.
Archaeology Field School Travel
Students pay for transport to Whitehorse, Yukon
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs
ANTH 225 field expenses of $1700.00 for in-field transportation, subsistence, museum fees ARE REDUCED TO $700.00 FOR SUMMER 2014.

Archaeology Field School Description

Anthropology 225 offers an introduction to archaeological and ethnographic field methods as currently practiced in Yukon - that is as an integrated program of documentation of local culture-history with a strong community presence in the research activities. In this approach, archaeological survey and excavation is closely articulated and connected with related ethnographic enquiry, including oral history and place-names documentation, kinship and social relations, subsistence and other land-use patterns, traditional technology, and contemporary adaptations of indigenous aboriginal society to the state and capitalist consumer culture.

The structure of the investigation is fundamentally community-based, with strong involvement of the local First Nation administration, Elders, and youth. Cultural sensitivity to community conditions and values is an essential attribute of all participants.

Fieldwork in 2014 will be within the traditional territories of the Upper Tanana and Northern Tutchone people of the White River First Nation of Beaver Creek, Yukon, and Tribal Councils of Northway and Eagle, Alaska. It will include continued archaeological investigations of the Little John site and regional survey. With cultural dates ranging from 14,000 years ago to the present, excellent bone preservation, and a Wisconsin interstadial (c. 43,000 years old) stratum, the Little John site presents a comprehensive record of the environment and cultural adaptations to southeast Beringia.

Additional archaeological survey in the region, collaboration with ongoing Alaskan projects, continued documentation of Upper Tanana place names and history, and participant observation in contemporary village life will provide students with an unparalleled opportunity to develop their skills in the four fields of Anthropology and immerse themselves in northern Native culture and history.

A final two weeks (July 19 - August 1) working in the laboratory at Yukon College in Whitehorse is required for those also taking ANTH 226 - Analytical Methods.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type
This program involves field survey and site excavation of prehistoric and historic era archaeological sites and ethnographic participation in local community life.
Time Period
c. 14,000 years ago to historic period.
Field School Setting/Conditions
The majority of the field program is held at the Little John field camp and other wilderness camping localities in Yukon and Alaska. Access to clinic, laundry, and showers on regular basis in Beaver Creek village, 12 kms away.
How is the project area accessed each day
Air or Road to Whitehorse, Yukon. Field transportation from Whitehorse provided via Alaska Highway.
What is the daily schedule for the field school
The field program runs 6 days a week, 8:30 am to 5 pm; one day off per week. Regular evening seminars and other activities scheduled.
Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation
since 1994
Is there a professional certification for this field school
Directors and Instructors
- Norman Alexander Easton, Yukon College, Principal Investigator and Instructor. - Victoria Castillo, Yukon College, Historic Archaeology Specialist - David Yesner, University of Alaska Anchorage, Faunal Specialist - Vance Hutchinson, Yukon College, Forensic Specialist - Ruth Johnny, Native Language Specialist - White River First Nation Elders, Native Culture Specialists
Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn
- Methods of Mapping, Survey, and Wilderness Travel
- History of Human Occupation in the Western Subarctic
- Prehistoric and Historic Archaeological Survey and Excavation
- Documentation of Contemporary Aboriginal Community and Economic Life
- Recording of Native Athapaskan language
- Principal Methods of Primary Data Analysis
- Advanced Methods of Data Analysis

On rain days will there be lab work?
Yes - we operate a full field lab on site
Will there be additional organized activities?
Yes - there are a variety of scheduled and time-off options for students including: - Canada Day Parade - Horshoe Tournament and Baseball Games - Fishing and Canoing - Hiking - Art Programming
Will there be additional organized activities?
Yes - nightly debriefings and scheduled seminars on a variety of topics - see course outline.
Is travel restriced during free time?
To some extent. Evening Camp Curfew at 11:00 pm Main camp is isolated - access to Village dependent on vehicle availability / schedule; at least once a week for showers and laundry

Other resources students will find useful
Sample ANTH 225 Course Outline:
ANTH 226 Course Outline:

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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Field School Contact Information

Course Instructor: Norman Alexander Easton, Yukon College Course Registration: School of Liberal Arts, Yukon College P.O. Box 2500 - 500 College Way Whitehorse, Yukon Territory Canada Y1A 5K4

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