2024 US (IL) Kampsville Applied Archaeology for CRM Careers Session II

Location: Kampsville, IL, USA

Season: September 22, 2024 to October 19, 2024

Application Deadline: August 2, 2024

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Center for Field Sciences, Center for American Archaeology

Project Director:
Dr. Jason L. King, Executive Director, Center for American Archeology & Mr. Don Booth, Field School Director, Center for American Archeology

Project Description:

This program is a four-week, intensive field school experience designed to provide students with job-ready skills to enter the workforce as archaeological field technicians at the Cultural Resource Management (CRM) industry. Students will learn key skills necessary for CRM jobs, including survey, surface collection, shovel testing, excavation, laboratory techniques, relevant laws, and reporting. Students will learn the entire process of CRM practices, from data collection to data reporting and mitigation. Practical field and laboratory activities are supplemented by relevant readings and formal lectures.

Period(s) of Occupation: Pre Contact and Historical Periods

Tuition: $4,800. Tuition covers full cost of instruction, room & board and transportation. 8 Semester Credit Units (equivalent to 12 Quarter Credit Units) are awarded through our School of Record – Culver Stockton College

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Full length of the program

Minimum Age: 18 years old

Experience Required: This is a train-to-work program so students must be ready to begin employment at the CRM industry immediately at the conclusion of this program. Students with a BA or BS in archaeology, anthropology or related fields will get a priority enrollment for this field schools. This is hands-on, experiential learning and students will study on-site how to conduct archaeological field work. Field work involves physical work and exposure to the elements and thus requires a measure of understanding that this will not be the typical university learning environment. You will have to work outdoors and will get sweaty and tired. Students are required to come equipped with sufficient excitement and adequate understanding that field work requires real, hard work, in the sun and wind. The work requires patience, discipline, and attention to details.

Room and Board Arrangements:
Students will reside in the Center for American Archeology Kampsville Dormitory. The dormitory is coed. No single rooms are available. A refrigerator and microwave area available for student use. Meals are provided Monday breakfast through Saturday lunch. Cuisine is standard Midwestern dishes. CAA food services accommodate a variety of needs, including vegetarian and vegan diets. Enrolled students will receive a form to report their dietary needs before arrival.

Academic Credit:
8 Semester Credit Units (equivalent to 12 Quarter Credit Units) are awarded through our School of Record – Culver Stockton College

Contact Information:

CFS Admissions

Los Angeles




Phone: (562) 584-0761

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