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Northern Great Basin Prehistory Project

Location: Rimrock Draw Rockshelter, Oregon, United States

June 24, 2013 to August 2, 2013

Session dates: 
Archaeology and Geoarchaeology Field Schools run June 24 - August 2; Paleobotany Field School runs July 1 - 19

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, June 1, 2013

Deadline Type: 
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Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



University of Oregon

Project Director:

Patrick O'Grady

Project Description

In the summer of 2013, the University of Oregon Archaeological Field School will be at Rimrock Draw Rockshelter. Rimrock Draw is a stemmed point site near Riley, Oregon. This site has already produced some exciting finds and by attending the 2013 field school you can be a part of this important investigation.

This summer's field school will continue excavations at Rimrock Draw Rockshelter that began in September 2011 and continued through the 2012 field season. In addition to the archaeology sections, UO will offer field schools in paleobotany and geoarchaeology at the site.  Two days of the field school will be devoted to a Lithic Technology workshop. The abundance of cultural material makes Rimrock Draw Rockshelter an exciting new site with great potential for multiple lines of research and a wealth of learning opportunities.

Period(s) of Occupation: Late Pleistocene-early Holocene

Project size: 
25-49 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Three weeks (Paleobotany) or Six weeks (Arch. and Geoarch.)

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

The course fee of $3,300 (or $2,000 for the paleobotany course) covers tuition, field transportation, and food for both in-state and out-of-state students. 
Participants will live in tents at a field camp. Located at about 4,500 feet, typical summer temperatures range from 90 degrees Fahrenheit (and higher) in the day to 45 to 60 degrees at night. The camp will have rustic kitchen, dining, laboratory, and bathroom facilities. Students prepare the meals and work to maintain the campsite and support facilities with the instructors.
Students must provide their own sleeping bags or bedding and personal tents (for a full list of required gear, see the personal equipment page). Transportation is furnished between Eugene and the field camp, but students are encouraged to bring personal cars if possible, as trips into the nearby town in university vehicles will be infrequent. Mountain bikes are welcome, and there are extensive biking and hiking opportunities in the vicinity. On weekends students may go to town, explore other parts of the Northern Great Basin, or just relax in camp. No dogs are allowed at the field school.

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
University of Oregon
Number of credits offered 8 (6 week courses) or 4 (3 week course)
$3,300 (8 credits) or $2,000 (4 credits)


Contact Information
Dr. Patrick O'Grady
1224 University of Oregon
(541) 346-0671