Adult Field School – Summer

July 10-August 6, 2022

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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 German site.

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 during the 2019-2021 field seasons. In 2022 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. You may enroll for 1-4 weeks. Enrolled weeks need not be consecutive.

  • Week 1: July 10-16
  • Week 2: July 17-23
  • Week 3: July 24-30
  • Week 4: July 31-August 6

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 on 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 2022 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
  • 3 Weeks: $2100
  • 4 Weeks: $2800

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

Scholarships are also available to all through our Kampsville Legacy Scholarship program.

Residents of Calhoun, Pike, Greene, and Jersey counties receive a 10% discount on tuition.

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.

Adult Field School student screening dirt at Golden Eagle.

How to Enroll

Download, complete, and return the 2022 Summer 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 20 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.

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 have any questions, please contact the CAA at education@caa-archeology.org or 618-653-4316.