Location: 6 miles north of Fort Garland, United States
The field school focuses primarily on the excavation of an historic site, but includes training in all basic archaeological skills applicable to prehistoric and historic sites. The site is a 19th century frontier military outpost.
The field school offerssix credits in history or archaeology at the graduate or undergraduate level. Training is provided in a number of areas:
In 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo officially ended the Mexican War and the lands of Southern Colorado, including the San Luis Valley, were ceded to the United States. The San Luis Valley was already the location of several Hispanic settlements that represented the northernmost reaches of the Mexican frontier in this region. Five years later, the United States Government established a military presence in the San Luis Valley with the construction of Fort Massachusetts. This fort was occupied for approximately five years before it was relocated further south and renamed Fort Garland. Those five years represent a period of poorly documented changes for the US military. Many of the details we would like to know about that time are only contained in the archaeological record, a record that is particularly well preserved at the Fort Massachusetts site.
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Period(s) of Occupation: Victorian America, 1852-1858
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Six weeks for students, variable for volunteers
Room and Board Arrangements
Participants provide their own tents, trailers, or RVs (No hookups available). They also provide their own food. Various cooking facilities will be provided as will bathrooms with flush toilets and showers.
Participants will be in a semi-primitive camping situation in a moderate to cool climate. The location is in a wooded area near the base of a mountain. A mountain stream runs through the site and adjacent to the camping area.
Participants will walk the short distance from the camp to the site. Private vehicles, other than RVs will not be allowed on the site or in the camping area. Cars will be parked in a parking area several miles away. Periodic shuttle trips will be made to the parking area or nearby towns to replenish supplies.