Archaeology Field Schools

Archaeology field schools are multi-week hands-on opportunities for students to learn up-to-date techniques of archaeological survey, excavation, and and site recording; get experience in analysis and artifact curation; and gain skills that will serve in a wide variety of future of archaeological jobs. Although typically for students, many field schools also welcome members of local historical or archaeological societies, or provide opportunities for the public to experience archaeology for themselves. Even if you're not planning on becoming an archaeologist, you can still attend a field school. Archaeology field schools are offered throughout the globe, and typically for college credit.    

To attend such a field school, you'll need stamina, clothes you don't mind destroying, a hat with a brim, and SPF 30 sunblock. You'll need a strong sense of adventure; a stronger sense of humor; and the ability to work hard without complaining (too much!). But you might have the time of your life.

Archaeology field schools are offered by the Dare to Discover partners!

Lakeside Lab Summer Courses in Archaeology 

The Office of the State Archaeologist and Iowa Lakeside Laboratory are offering three different summer archaeology fieldwork courses: a 4 week session, 2 week session, and 1 week session. Dates to be determined. Apply starting January 2015! For more information, please contact: John F. Doershuk, Ph.D., University of Iowa, 319/384-0751,

lakeside lab 2015 field school

University of Iowa Woodpecker Cave Field School

Join Professor James Enloe at Woodpecker Cave in Coralville, Iowa, during summer 2015! This experience will run from May 18-June 12 and is worth 3 s.h. Completion of this course can prepare students for an entry-level Cultural Resource Management (CRM) job. Those interested in this field school should visit this site for more information

Woodpecker Cave Archaeological Field School

Woodpecker Cave is a perfect first archaeological field experience, with a low threshold of accessibility and access. The cave shows evidence of occupation from the Archaic Period, about 7000 or 8,000 years ago, through the late Woodland Period, around 400 to 800 AD. Artifacts include pottery, stone tools, animal bones, mussel shells, fire-cracked rock and other artifacts.
Students will learn up-to-date techniques of excavation and recording, get experience in analysis and artifact curation,  and gain skills that will serve in a wide variety of future of archaeological jobs. In particular, students will be trained on Electron Distance Measurer (EDM) mapping through computer programs, both for topographic maps of the area and for recording precise 3-D locations of artifacts for studies of spatial structure. All necessary field equipment and recording forms for the field school will be supplied. Students will be evaluated based on participation, learning, and practice of excavation and recording techniques.
The site is located at Coralville Reservoir, about 15 minutes north of Iowa City. Students are responsible for their own lodging and meals. Costs for 3 semester hours of credit are $1128 tuition and fees + a supplemental $156 transportation and materials fee.


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