June 14-July 11, 2020
High School Field School is your opportunity to be an archaeologist. Join our summer field crew and participate in real archaeological research alongside professional archaeologists. You will learn how to do fieldwork, laboratory work, identify artifacts, and more with professional archaeologists as we investigate the German site.
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.
The German Site (11C377)
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.
Students 13-17 may enroll for one to four weeks. Weeks enrolled need not be consecutive. No experience is necessary. High school seniors may enroll, but graduated seniors should enroll in the Adult Field School.
- Week 1: June 14-20
- Week 2: June 21-27
- Week 3: June 28-July 4
- Week 4: July 4-11
While in Kampsville, students participate 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. Evening activities may include hikes and activities related to prehistoric lifeways. The day usually begins at 7 am with breakfast and ends by 9 pm.
Students staying for more than one week can do laundry, visit local cultural sites, and relax on the weekends. Weekends are fully supervised. While we do not have regular food service on the weekends, breakfast and lunch foods are available. We cook out or eat at a local restaurant for dinner. Students should bring spending money.
Students should arrive on the Sunday and depart the Saturday after their program ends.
Parents are responsible for arranging their child’s transportation to and from Kampsville. Shuttle service from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (St. Louis, MO) or the Alton, Illinois Amtrak station is available for an additional cost.
Tuition includes room, all meals Monday through Friday, supplies, and instruction. Students may enroll for any number and combination of weeks.
- 1 Week: $850
- 2 Weeks: $1675
- 3 Weeks: $2500
- 4 Weeks: $3300
Scholarship support for girls is available through our Women in Archeology Scholarship program. (Women in Archeology Scholarship applications will be available mid November 2019.)
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. Boys and girls have separate sections of our dormitory, with a monitored door dividing the sections. Separate shower and restroom facilities are provided. Adult chaperones are on duty 24/7. 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 HSFS 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 Options for High School Field School
High School Academic Credit
Many students have received credit through their high school for participation in our program. Our staff will work with the guidance/academic counselor at your school to meet the school’s credit criteria. Contact us for details. Please note that students may apply for Lewis & Clark Community College credits.
College Credit Option
Through our partnership with Lewis & Clark Community College, Godfrey, Illinois, we are able to offer 2 credit hours for students. The following options are available:
- One Week Program: To earn 2 credit hours, students who enroll in one week of High School Field School will need to complete a small project during your time with us. There are many different project options!
- Two or Three Week Program: To earn 2 credit hours, students will have to enroll in two or three weeks of High School Field School program. Because students will be involved with the program for two, three, or four weeks, no project is required.
Grading/Evaluation: Students are evaluated on his/her performance in the program and, if applicable, the quality of the research project. To receive a positive evaluation, students must participate in all aspects of the program: field excavation, laboratory work, and supplemental sessions. They must also demonstrate a positive attitude, good work ethic, motivation to learn, and willingness to work collaboratively with staff and fellow students.
Registration Process: Registration for college credit will occur the first day of the field school at the Center for American Archaeology. A representative from the Lewis & Clark Community College’s Tri-County Community Education Center will be available to register interested and qualified students in Anthropology (ANTH) 265 – Archaeology in the Field. For more information about Lewis & Clark Community College can be found on their web page: www.lc.edu.
If you have any questions, please contact the CAA at firstname.lastname@example.org or 618-653-4316 for more information.