Arizona State University and Center for American Archeology
Jane E. Buikstra
Whether you are a beginning or an advanced student, you can earn credit through a wide variety of field and laboratory courses at Arizona State University's Kampsville Field School. Held at the Center for American Archeology’s research and education headquarters in Kampsville, Illinois, the program allows students to earn 9 credits of undergraduate or graduate coursework from one of three 6-week options.
Director of the program Dr. Jane E. Buikstra – winner of two lifetime achievement awards for her pioneering work in bioarchaeology – is joined by a team of specialized faculty, whose classes emphasize empirical and theoretical training in archaeological research design and implementation. Students learn much more than the routine methods of archaeological recovery and analysis – they learn to think like scientific researchers.
Kampsville is more than an archaeology program; it's an experience!
Gain insights into what being a real archaeological scientist entails: long hours, one-on-one collegial interactions and original research.
Establish lifelong friendships with future peers in the field, as well as mentorships with senior archaeological authorities.
Acquire an appreciation for the theoretical and practical aspects of archaeological research in the context of long-term, cutting-edge research.
The Kampsville program is a collaboration of faculty and resources from Arizona State University, the Center for American Archeology, the Illinois State Museum and the Center for Advanced Spatial Technology (CAST) at the University of Arkansas.
Faculty: Jane E. Buikstra (Bioarchaeology; Human Osteology) , Jason L. King (Field Archaeology; Bioarchaeology), Jason Herrmann (IGS) , Duncan McKinnon (Geophysical Testing). Mary Ann Vicari (Geoarchaeology)
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Room and Board Arrangements
During the field school, students will reside in Kamp Store, a historical store and home that has been converted into a museum and dormitory. There are no single rooms available. Beds are provided, though students should bring a sleeping bag or bed linens (blankets, sheets and pillow), as well as towels. There is a public laundromat within driving distance. Transportation can be arranged to laundry facilities for those students who do not intend to drive.
Meals are served Monday breakfast through Saturday lunch as part of your room and board fees. Students must provide their own meals Saturday evening and all day on Sundays. There are restaurants located in Kampsville where students may purchase meals. The meal plan begins with breakfast on the first Monday of field school and ends with dinner on the last Friday. Kamp Store includes access to a communal refrigerator, but no cooking appliances are available.