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2017 Cahokia Mounds Field School

Location: Collinsville, Illinois, United States

June 5, 2017 to June 23, 2017

Session dates: 
June 5 to June 23

Application Deadline: 
Monday, May 29, 2017

Deadline Type: 

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

This summer marks nearly 20 years of ongoing research through an archaeological field school, through Washington University's University College, at the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site near Collinsville, Illinois.

Our excavations will focus on the pre-mound surface at 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 now.  Major occupation of the site occurred from 900-1350 A.D., and it was one of the most important and influential sites 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 29th.

Period(s) of Occupation: Mississippian

Prehistoric Mound Excavation

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 3 weeks

Minimum age: 
High School Senior

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

Students are responsible for providing their own housing, food, and transportation. We may be able to assist students with housing at Washington University or in the area.

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Washington University (University College)
Number of credits offered 3
$3,300 estimated


Contact Information
Corin C.O. Pursell
Washington University Department of Anthropology
St. Louis
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