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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

North America - Utah - The Nancy Patterson Archaeological Site, Blanding, Utah - 2014

Multiple Sessions Yes
Multiple Session information

First session - June 23 through July 11,2014.
Second session - July 21 through August 8,2014

Application Deadline: June 10, 2014

Archaeology Field School Location

Location: Blanding, Utah, United States

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

California State University, Dominguez Hills

Academic Credit

3 Credit Units

Archaeology Field School Tuition

$875.00 for 3 credit units
$300.00 per week for interested public Volunteers

Archaeology Field School Room and Board

Hotel packages ranging from $475.00 to $950.00 per week

Archaeology Field School Travel
Transportation to the site must be arranged by each individual and personal insurance is required
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

Student must purchase insurance form CSUDH at a cost of $75.00

Archaeology Field School Description

This innovative course is an activity-oriented introduction to the logics, proctices and challenges of conducting archaeological fieldwork. Students and public volunteers will gain an understanding of the Nancy Patterson Village and it's place in the regional Anasazi system. Individual programs will be designed around specific research topics relating to; ceramic and lithic studies: Anasazi architecture and village design; social and religious aspects related to sacred landscape; and site conservation. The 2014 summer classes will be organized around several research initiatives and themes.
First, will be a focus on the use of different sources of archaeological data for understanding of the past. Matters of archaeological survey and excavation, and the use of different sources of historical informatiom, including explorers' accounts and site history.

Second, the program will incorporate test profiles at the Nancy Patterson Village to add to the existing database housed at the Edge of the Cedars State Park, in Utah.

Third, classroom discussions will include current aspects of applied archaeology and heritage management in relation to career opportunities and strategies for employment.

Fourth, field trips to associated sites within the Montezuma Canyon area will give an overall picture of "life within the Canyon". The trips are an essential part of the class.

Fifth, a series of On-campus excercies involving site recording, mapping, profile drawing and artifact description and identification will be held daily.

As an upper division elective for the Geology and Archaeology concentrations, this class emphasizes the development and implication of archaeology research with a special focus on the field methods and will:

1. Introduce students to a variety of geology and archaeological problems, methods and approaches in relation to archaeological survey, excavation, artifact analysis, and spatial analysis.
2. Directly involve undergraduates in on-going faculty directed research.
3. Expose students to practical dimensions of conductioning archaeological fieldwork covering issues such as research funding, research permits, logistics and planning, and establishing field camps.
A. Course Objectives are met by:
1. Combination of lecture, labs, student projects and fieldtrips.
2. Individual student portfolio consisting of field journal, site records, photographic records and lab notes.
3. Group mapping projects or artifact analysis.

B. Learing Outcomes:
1. Recognize "Anasazi" materials and sites
2. Prepare site survey records including compass and pace sketch maps.
3. Photograph and document archaeological sites and materials suitable for publication.
4. Discuss and describe research objectives and methods as implemented in field trips, lab projects or group projects.
5. Describe basic techniques of archaeological survey and excavation.

c. Means of Assessment and Grades:
The emphasis on this course is the participation, which includes physical labor, there are no exams during the course. The objective is to involve you in a program of geology and archaeological research. Your participation is documented by a research porfolio consisting of a journal, site records, photographic records and a mapping project.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

Mesa Verde Anasazi Culture of the Southwest.

Time Period

Basketmaker III through Pueblo II.

Field School Setting/Conditions

Summers are extremely hot and dry and require a great deal of physical effort. Proper dress and plenty of water is a must. It is best to start early and then return to rest and do class activities during the heat of the day.
Weekends are allowed for your own time and there are plenty of places to visit in the nearby area. The nearby Abajo Mountains are a weclome retreat from the dry landscape of Montezuma Canyon.

How is the project area accessed each day

Acess to the site will be by personal transportaion and a field school van to the site which is approximately 30 miles from the town of Blanding.

What is the daily schedule for the field school

First session - June 23 through July 11,2014.
Second session - July 21 through August 8,2014.

Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation
3 Years
Is there a professional certification for this field school


Directors and Instructors

Daniel Cutrone has been the Principal Investigator at the Nancy Patterson site since 1994, and he has devoted most of his adult life to investigations of the Montezuma Canyon region. Trained as a geologist and anthropological archaeologist, Cutrone has a broad background in university teaching. Through his research presented in professional conference and scientific papers, he has introduced new sites and theories to Southwesten archaeology.

On rain days will there be lab work?

Work at the Edge of the Cedars on class assignments will take place on rain days.

Is travel restriced during free time?

Weekends are free time to rest or travel and visit local sites.

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

Field School Contact Information

Daniel Cutrone
Earth Science Department
1000 East Victoria Street
Carson, Ca 90747

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