Location: Arizona, United States
The project is located on the Shivwits Plateau in northeastern Arizona, within the newly established Parashant National Monument. This area is one of the most poorly understood areas of the Southwest culture region. The environment suggests that the area would have been marginal for farming, yet we know that puebloan farmers did indeed live here. From research elsewhere we also know that these farmers regularly made pottery trade with people living to the north. Our field investigations will focus on examining how the puebloans managed to make a living in this marginal environment, and what role pottery production and trade may have played in their adaptation. Field research will focus on excavating a late Pueblo II period habitation site and survey of the adjacent vicinity. We will stay approximately 65 miles south of St. George, Utah and 1.5 miles from the north rim of the Grand Canyon, at a base camp provided by the National Park Service.
Period(s) of Occupation: Virgin Branch Puebloan Culture (A.D. 1100-1250)
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Six weeks (the entire session)
Room and Board Arrangements
A cabin, equipped with running water and electricity, will be available to support the field school, though students will stay in their own tents. Students are expected to provide their own tents and bedding. The cost of food, which will be prepared daily by a camp cook, is covered in the $600 field school fee.