May 12-25, 2019
Our Adult Field School is your opportunity to be an archaeologist. Undergraduates, graduate students, and adults of all ages are welcome! Join our fall 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)
The Golden Eagle site (11C120) is the only enclosure-and-mound site in the Illinois River Valley. Since 2013, CAA archaeologists and field schools have conducted geophysical surveys and excavation at the site. In 2013 and 2014, we conducted large-scale remote sensing surveys across the site, revealing intact archaeological deposits, as well as geophysical evidence of the ditch-and-embankment. We started excavations in 2014 to document the ditch-and-embankment that encloses the site. Excavation in 2016 tested mound 2 and the surrounding area. In 2018, fieldwork was focused on the eastern portion of the embankment where we discovered evidence that at least this segment of the embankment was constructed during Late Woodland times, after AD 750. In 2019, we will continue to investigate the eastern embankment.
Enrollment is open to anyone 18 years or older.
- Week 1: May 12-18
- Week 2: May 19-25
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 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 one or two weeks.
- 1 Week: $700
- 2 Weeks: $1400
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 2019 Spring Adult Field School Application.
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!
Registration for the program closes one week prior to the start of each session.
Enrollment is limited to 18 students per week.
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 Arizona State University Kampsville Field School. The AS Field School is open to students from any program and offers 9 credits from ASU.
If you have any questions, please contact the CAA at email@example.com or 618-653-4316.