2020 Cahokia Mounds Field School

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Location: Collinsville, IL, US

Season: June 8, 2020 to June 29, 2019

Session Dates: June 8 to June 29

Application Deadline: May 1, 2019

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Washington University in Saint Louis University College

Project Director:
Dr. Corin C.O. Pursell, Washington University in Saint Louis University College

Project Description:

Be a part of decades of ongoing research through an archaeological field school, with Washington University’s University College, at the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site near Collinsville, Illinois.

Our excavations will focus on the pre-mound surface near 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.  Major occupation of the site occurred from 900-1350 A.D., and it was likely the most important and influential site of the ancient United States.

Graduating high school seniors, college students, graduate students, and interested adults are all encouraged to apply immediately. We are open enrollment. Registration begins March 25th.

Period(s) of Occupation: Mississippian

Prehistoric Excavation Near Mounds

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 3 weeks

Minimum Age: High School Senior

Experience Required: None

Room and Board Arrangements:
Students are responsible for providing their own housing, food, and transportation. We may be able to assist students in locating housing in the area.

Academic Credit:
3 credits offered by Washington University (University College). Tuition is $1,995 estimated.

Contact Information:

Dr. Corin C.O. Pursell

Washington University Department of Anthropology

St. Louis




Phone: 314-935-5252

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