2015 Cahokia Mounds Field School

Location: Collinsville, Illinois, United States

May 18, 2015 to June 5, 2015

Application Deadline: 
Friday, May 15, 2015

Program Type

Field school


Washington University in Saint Louis University College

Project Director:

Corin C.O. Pursell, Washington University in Saint Louis University College

Project Description

This summer marks the 16th annual archaeological field school, through Washington University's University College, at the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site near Collinsville, Illinois.

Our excavations will focus on the pre-mound surface at Mound 34, investigating craft production, ritual activity, and seeking the margins of incompletely documented excavations from the middle 20th century.

Cahokia Mounds has been extensively excavated by multiple institutions for decades now.  Major occupation of the site occurred from 900-1350 A.D., and it was one of the most important and influential sites of the ancient United States.

Period(s) of Occupation: Mississippian

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 3 weeks

Minimum age: 
High School Senior

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

Students are responsible for providing their own housing, food, and transportation. We may be able to assist students with housing at Washington University or in the area.

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Washington University (University College)
Number of credits offered 3
$3,180 estimated


Contact Information
Corin C.O. Pursell
Department of Anthropology 4502 Southern Illinois University