June 17-July 12, 2013
College Credit Option Available – See Description Below
Students- are you fascinated by archeology and curious about how scientists study ancient peoples and cultures? Our High School Field School is your opportunity to participate in authentic archeological research designed to learn more about the prehistoric peoples of the lower Illinois River valley, one of the richest archeological regions in the Midwestern United States. Working with our staff and interns, you will have the chance to learn the basics of field excavation, laboratory processing, and how archeologists develop their interpretations of sites based upon the information they collect. It’s a great way to explore your interest in this field!
High School Field School: June 17-21, 24-28, & July 1-5. For students with no prior experience in archeology, this program is available for the first three weeks of the session. This is our foundation course, when you learn the basics of how archeologists complete their research in the field and in the laboratory.
Advanced High School Field School: July 8-12. For students with prior experience in archeology, including those who have just completed one or more weeks of the CAA High School Field School! If you have had at least one week of archeological field school, you may apply for this program. We’ll take archeology to the next level by excavating, drawing wall profiles of excavation units, learning how to do a professional surface survey, doing basic analysis of artifact types, and much more.
Program & Tuition: Students may enroll for one to four weeks. Tuition is $825 for one week; $1650 for two weeks; $2475 for three weeks, and $3300 for 4 weeks. Fees include room, meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, Monday-Friday), supplies, and instruction; you’ll also get a one-year membership in the CAA! Travel days: Sunday (arrivals), Saturday (departures) are as appropriate for your session. Please note that parents are responsible for arranging their child’s transportation to and from Kampsville; shuttle service from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (St. Louis, MO) or the Alton, Illinois Amtrak station is available for a fee (see Registration Form). You must provide us with your detailed travel itinerary at least one week in advance.
Students staying for more than one week will have time to do laundry, visit local cultural sites, and relax on Saturday(s) and Sunday(s). Weekends are fully supervised by CAA staff. While we don’t have regular food service through the weekend, there is always breakfast & lunch foods available, and we cook out or eat at a local restaurant for dinner. Please factor spending money into your cost estimate to cover your child’s weekend expenses.
Limited scholarship support for girls is available. Please go to the ‘Opportunities’ link from our main page for application & deadline information.
Accommodations: While in residence, students will stay in one of the CAA’s dormitory buildings. Dormitories are basic, bunkhouse-style living facilities without TV or internet. Rooms are at minimum double occupancy, with the total number of roommates (up to 4 per room) based upon total program enrollments. Boys and girls have separate sections of our dormitory floor, with a monitored door dividing the spaces. Separate shower and restroom facilities are provided. Adult chaperones will be provided by the CAA and will be on duty 24/7 while your child is in residence. Our facilities are approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health, and meet the criteria of the Illinois Youth Camp Act.
Who May Enroll: Students must be a minimum of 13 years of age and a maximum of 17 years old. Rising high school seniors are welcome to enroll, but those students who have graduated high school and who are interested in pursuing further study in archeology are encouraged to enroll in our Adult Field School.
Is This Program Right for Me?: If you’re a self-motivated, hardworking individual interested in experiencing archeology and science first-hand, who doesn’t mind physical work (excavation, screening, laboratory work) in the Midwestern US during the summer, who loves getting muddy and being outdoors, and who likes to have fun, then you’ll enjoy our program. Join us!!!!
Enrollment Process: Complete the Registration Form and return it to the CAA Office along with your 30% deposit or full payment. Upon receipt of a completed Registration Form, we will send you a confirmation letter and a packet of additional information. Please note that your remaining tuition balance is due one week before the program begins.
What Forms Do I Need to Complete?: Registration Form, two Teacher Recommendation Forms, Student Medical Form, Assumption of Risk/Permission to Photograph Form, Behavior Guidelines Form, all of which are available in PDF format through the CAA web site.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Registration for the program closes one week prior to the start of each session. Enrollment is limited to 18 students per week. Apply early to ensure that you have your choice of weeks!
HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMIC CREDIT: Many students have arranged to receive credit through their high schools for participation in our program—our staff will work with the guidance/academic counselor at your school to meet the school’s criteria for granting credit. Contact the Director of Education for details. Please note that students may apply for Lewis & Clark Community College credits once.
COLLEGE CREDIT OPTION: Through the CAA’s partnership with Lewis & Clark Community College, Godfrey, Illinois, we are able to offer 2 credit hours for students who will be at least 16 years old after January 1, 2013. The following options are available:
One Week Program: To earn the 2 available credit hours, students who enroll in one week of High School Field School will need to complete a small project during the week you’re here. You might create an archeology lesson for little kids, study spear point styles, use ancient skills to create pottery—the options are endless!
Two or Three Week Program: To earn the 2 available credit hours, students will have to enroll in two or three weeks of the CAA High School Field School program. Because students will be involved with the program for two, three, or four weeks, no additional project will be required.
Grading/Evaluation: Students will be evaluated on his/her performance in the program and, if applicable, the quality of the research project. To receive a positive evaluation, students must participate fully in all aspects of the program (field excavation, laboratory work, supplemental sessions), and demonstrate a positive attitude, good work ethic, motivation to learn, and willingness to work collaboratively with staff and fellow students.
Cost: There is no additional cost for the college credit option.
Registration Process: Registration for this option will take place the first day of the field school at the Center for American Archeology. A representative from the Lewis & Clark Community College’s Tri-County Community Education Center will be on hand to register interested and qualified students in Anthropology (ANTH) 265- Archeology in the Field. For more information about Lewis and Clark Community College, please visit their web page: www.lc.edu.