May 16-29, 2021
COVID-19 Update (12 November 2020)
We are currently accepting enrollments for our 2021 programs. Program enrollment numbers are limited to current coronavirus pandemic guidelines. Pandemic guidelines may change for better or worse in the coming months. We will post updates and notify those enrolled as necessary.
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.
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 2021 we will continue to excavate house basins and associated features in order to better understand Late Woodland people of the Lower Illinois Valley.
Enrollment is open to anyone 18 years or older.
- Week 1: May 23-22
- Week 2: May 23-29
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 2021 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 16 students per week. Those applying after enrollment capacity is reached will be added to the waiting list in the order of receipt of a complete application.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 618-653-4316.