Crow Canyon Archaeological Center College Field School

Location: Cortez, Colorado, United States

May 22, 2016 to June 25, 2016

Application Deadline: 
Monday, March 7, 2016

Deadline Type: 
Exact date

Flyer: PDF icon field_school_flyer.pdf

Program Type

Field school



Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

Project Director:

Dr. Susan C. Ryan

Project Description

The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center is sponsoring a college-accredited field school near Cortez, Colorado. Through immersion in a five-week experiential learning program, students will learn the fundamental techniques of archaeological site identification and recording, excavation, and basic artifact processing and analyses under the direction of Dr. Susan C. Ryan, Director of Archaeology at Crow Canyon. Additionally, students will learn instrument surveying and remote sensing surveying techniques. Evening programs, field trips, and public events expand these essential skills and prosent resl-world opportunites to practice the principles of conservation archaeology. Students will work in groups throughout the program, rotating through the training modules that offer different but complementary skill sets. Students will interact with archaeological professionals while conducting fieldwork on the Hatch Site, an ancestral Pueblo habitation dating from the Basketmaker III through Pueblo III periods (A.D. 500-1280). Undergraduate and graduate students may enroll for 6 credit hours, either in Anthropology 279 or 589, through Adams State University in Colorado ($55 per credit hour).

Period(s) of Occupation: Basketmaker III through Pueblo III (A.D. 500-1280)

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum age: 
college student

Room and Board Arrangements

The field school fee includes accommodations in a comfortable, shared cabin on Crow Canyon's 170-acre campus, just outside the town of Cortez. Students must provide thier own sleeping kits and personal gear. New in 2016, Crow Canyon's cabins have been designed to be energy efficient and to blend well with the landscape. Cabins include shared shower and toilet facilities.


Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Adams State University, Colorado
Number of credits offered 6


Contact Information
Dr. Susan C. Ryan
23390 Road K