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: For the 2015 summer, the CAA will work at The Buried Gardens of Kampsville, a Middle Woodland (ca. 50 BC – AD 250) village. The Middle Woodland is a dynamic time, characterized by extensive trade networks, mound building, horticulture economies, and the emergence of an elite class. Since 2004, students have uncovered midden deposits containing Middle Woodland pottery, exotic trade goods, and stone-lined post molds. In 2013, our students discovered the remains of possible structures. Students joining us this year will make an important contribution to our understanding of archeology in the Lower Illinois River Valley.

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 the registration form and return it to the CAA along with your 30% deposit or full payment.

Upon receipt, we will send you a confirmation letter and a packet of additional information. Scholarship applicants should not send a deposit with their registration forms.


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. Please contact the CAA at or 618-653-4316 for more information.