Adult Field School – Spring

Cancelled: May 10-23, 2020

Our Adult Field School is your opportunity to be an archaeologist. Undergraduates, graduate students, and adults of all ages are welcome! Join our 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 prehistory of the Lower Illinois Valley.

COVID-19 Update (1 April 2020)

The Center for American Archeology is actively monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has ordered all Illinois residents to stay at home and for all non-essential businesses to cease until 30 April 2020 in order to combat the coronavirus outbreak. The CAA is complying with this order.

At the time of this posting, we are accepting enrollments for our summer programs in the hope that we will be able to have them. We are not accepting deposits or tuition payments at this time.

If you would like to attend a field school or other program, simply submit your enrollment and scholarship forms. Invoices for tuition payment will be sent once we are certain programs will happen.

In the event that programs are cancelled because of the coronavirus, refunds will be issued. Until that time, our standard refund policies are in place.

Please note: The ASU Kampsville Field School, Spring Adult Field School, Flintknapping Workshop, and all Spring Past Lifeways have been cancelled. Students in those programs have been notified.

2019 field school students excavating a Late Woodland house basin at the German Site.

The German Site is a Late Woodland / Jersey Bluff Phase habitation site located on a colluvial slope in the Crawford Creek valley. It was occupied approximately 800-1200 CE. Geophysical survey results indicate several possible structures and associated features. One of the house basins and nearby features were excavated during the 2019 season. Excavators recovered domestic artifacts, including chert tools, pottery, animal bone, and botanical remains. In 2020 we will continue to excavate house basins and associated features in order to better understand Late Woodland people of the Lower Illinois Valley.

Left: German site magnetic survey results. Right: Sq 1, one of four 1×2 m units excavated into the house basin in 2019.

Program

Enrollment is open to anyone 18 years or older.

  • Week 1: May 10-16
  • Week 2: May 17-23

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. 

Please see the 2020 Adult Field School  Schedule and Gear List for program details.

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.

Three refit sherds from the German Site.

Tuition

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

Accommodations

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 2020 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.

Program Credit

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 education@caa-archeology.org or 618-653-4316.