Adult Field School
July 13-August 7, 2015


The Center for American Archeology offers four weeks of field excavation and laboratory analyses for undergraduates, graduate students, and adults of all ages interested in an intensive archeological experience. Our field school will allow you to enhance your skills in archeology.


The Site: This year, archeological excavations will be conducted at the Middle Woodland Period (50 BC -AD 400) Golden Eagle site, the only prehistoric site with an enclosing embankment in the Illinois River Valley. In 2013 and 2014, CAA archeologists conducted large-scale remote sensing surveys across the site, revealing intact archeological deposits, as well as evidence of a ditch-and-embankment structure encompassing the site. Excavations of Golden Eagle began in 2014 with initial testing of the ditch-and-embankment, revealing evidence of building sequences. By participating in Adult Field School, you will help archeologists further understand what people were doing at this site thousands of years ago and how the site was formed.

Program: Participants may enroll for 1 to 4 weeks. Tuition includes room, basic field lunch (sandwiches, chips, etc.) each weekday, excavation supplies, and instruction. Breakfast and dinner are on your own. Participants will stay at one of the CAA’s dormitories. Rooms are at minimum double-occupancy. Dormitories have refrigerators, microwaves, hot plates, and grill. Participants are responsible for making their own transportation arrangements; the CAA can provide shuttle service to and from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport or the Alton, Illinois Amtrak station for an additional cost.



  • 1 Week: $575
  • 2 Weeks: $1125
  • 3 Weeks: $1675
  • 4 Weeks: $2200

Limited scholarship support for women is available through our Women in Archeology Scholarship.

Who May Enroll: Participants must be 18 years or older. This program is for adults interested in improving their excavation and laboratory skills in an intensive work environment. Your days will be spent in the field, with evenings spent completing field and laboratory work. View the Adult Field School FAQ to learn more about the weekly schedule, dormitories, or topics covered.


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.

Enrollment Process: Complete this application and submit it via email to

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.

If you have not received confirmation, we have not received your application!

Please note: If you submitted via the web form and did not receive confirmation, we do not have your application. You must resubmit using the PDF form(s). An ongoing problem with our site destroyed some applications unfortunately. We apologize for the inconvenience.


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 or 618-653-4316 for more information.