Curation and Lab Practicum

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Curation and Lab Practicum
3D laser scanning of a fragile basketry fragment.

Location: Missoula, Montana, United States

Season Dates: July 1, 2013 - July 19, 2013
Application Deadline: April 15, 2013



Program Type
Field school

Affiliation: University of Montana

Project Director: Dr. Kelly J. Dixon

Project Description

Over two-thirds of archaeological work takes place in the lab; hence this course is dedicated to focusing on the post-field skills students need, with an emphasis on artifact cataloging, laboratory analysis, artifact identification, storage mount building, artifact photography, museum/repository organization and standards, PastPerfect 5.0 museum software training, and ensuring artifacts can be kept connected to the sites and landscapes from which they originated.

Archaeology is a multidisciplinary field with diverse and numerous topics. This field school will expose students to lab and curation methods and at the conclusion of this class you will have acquired the ability to:

  • Maintain a field/lab notebook
  • Understand the methods of various types of archaeological sites and investigations
  • Get a sense of archaeological technology such as laser scanning, digital imaging applications, GIS, etc.
  • Understand basic methods for cleaning, cataloguing, and curating artifacts
  • Explain the 36CFR79 The Curation of Federally-Owned and Administered Archaeological Collections
  • Use PastPerfect 5.0 Museum Cataloging Software

Please visit our webpage for additional information, the preliminary course syllabus, and reading list.

To apply please submit a letter of interest and unofficial transcripts to or

Period(s) of Occupation: Prehistoric and Historic

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Room and Board Arrangements

No room and board is offered with this field school, please contact the project staff for assistance and further information.

Academic Credit
Name of institution offering credit: University of Montana
Number of credits offered: 4
Tuition: $1055 and $60

Contact Information
Bethany Hauer Campbell
Social Sciences 244, University of Montana, 32 Campus Drive
Missoula, MT 59812

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