Adult Field School
July 7-August 3, 2019

Join the 2019 Field Crew!

Adult Field School 2017 crew at Mound House

Adult Field School is your opportunity to be an archaeologist. Undergraduates, graduate students, and adults of all ages are welcome! Join our summer field crew and participate in real archaeological research alongside professional archaeologists. With our staff of professional archaeologists, 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 of 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. By participating in the Adult Field School, you will help archaeologists understand what people were doing at this unique site thousands of years ago and how the site was formed.

Check the results from our 2015 and 2016 field seasons.


Anyone 18 or older may enroll for one to four weeks. Weeks enrolled need not be consecutive.

Program Weeks
July 7-13 July 14-20
July 21-27 July 28-August 3

Adult Field School students with biface fragment

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 begins at 7 am with breakfast and ends by 9 pm.

Please see the 2019 Adult Field School Syllabus, 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.

Screening soil at Mound House


Tuition includes room; all meals Monday through Friday; supplies, and instruction. Students may enroll for any number and combination of weeks.

Weeks Price
One $700
Two $1400
Three $2100
Four $2700

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.


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 Adult Field School Application.

If you applying for a scholarship, please include that application as well.

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. Scholarship applicants should not send a deposit with their registration forms.

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.

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.

If you are interested in a for-credit program, please see our ASU Kampsville Field School.

If you have any questions, please contact the CAA at or 618-653-4316 for more information.