Adult Field School
July 9-August 5, 2017
Be an Archaeologist…
Join the 2017 Field Crew!
Our Adult Field School is your opportunity to be an archaeologist. Undergraduates, graduate students, and adults of all ages are welcome! Join our summer field crew and participate in real archaeological research alongside professional archaeologists. With our staff, you will learn how to do fieldwork, laboratory work, identify artifacts, and more as we investigate the Golden Eagle site.
The Golden Eagle Site (11C120)
In 2017, we will continue fieldwork at the Golden Eagle site, the only prehistoric site in the Illinois River Valley with a geometric enclosure. In 2013 and 2014, CAA archaeologists conducted large-scale remote sensing surveys across the site, revealing intact archaeological deposits, as well as geophysical evidence of the ditch-and-embankment structure enclosing the site. Excavations of Golden Eagle began in 2014 with initial testing of the ditch-and-embankment, revealing evidence of building sequences. Excavation in 2016 tested mound 2 and the surrounding area. By participating in High School Field School, you will help archaeologists understand what people were doing at this site thousands of years ago and how the site was formed.
Anyone 18 or older may enroll for one to four weeks. Weeks enrolled need not be consecutive.
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While in Kampsville, participants engage in field and laboratory work with CAA archaeologists. Students learn excavation techniques, including shoveling, troweling, mapping, measuring, soil description, and flotation sampling. Lab work includes artifact washing, identification, and flotation. These activities are supplemented by occasional evening lectures on by CAA archaeologists and guest archaeologists on various archaeological topics. The day usually begins at 7 am with breakfast and ends by 9 pm.
Students should arrive on the Sunday and depart the Saturday after their program ends.
The CAA can provide shuttle service to and from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport or the Alton, Illinois Amtrak station for an additional cost.
Tuition includes room; all meals Monday through Friday; supplies, and instruction. Students may enroll for any number and combination of weeks.
Limited scholarship support for women is available through our Women in Archeology Scholarship.
Residents of Calhoun, Pike, Greene, and Jersey Counties receive a 10% discount on tuition.
Students stay in one of the CAA’s dormitories while in residence. Dormitories are basic, bunkhouse-style living facilities without TV or internet. Rooms are at minimum double occupancy. The total number of roommates is based on program enrollment, with a maximum occupancy of four. Shower and restroom facilities are provided. Our facilities are approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health, and meet the Illinois Youth Camp Act’s criteria.
How to Enroll
Download, complete, and return the 2017 Adult Field School Application.
If you applying for the Women in Archeology Scholarship, please include that application as well.
Upon receipt, we will send you a confirmation by email, a packet of additional information, and instructions for payment. Either full payment or a 30% deposit will secure your spot in the program. Scholarship applicants should not send a deposit with their registration forms.
If you have not received confirmation, we have not received your application!
Registration for the program closes one week prior to the start of each session.
Enrollment is limited to 18 students per week.
Credit for the Program
This program does not carry academic credit; however, we will work with you if you petition your university/college for credit. We can supply supporting documentation and evaluation of your participation. Many of our previous students have earned credit for their participation.
If you are interested in a for-credit program, please see our ASU Kampsville Field School.
Registration for the program closes one week prior to the start of each session. Register early to reserve your space. Enrollment is limited to 15 people per session.
If you have any questions, please contact the CAA at email@example.com or 618-653-4316 for more information.