Location: Farmington, New Mexico, United States
The San Juan College Totah Archaeological Project field school is the main component of an on-going research project funded by San Juan College and Tommy Bolack, owner and manager of the B-Square Ranch. The field school is conducted on the B-Square Ranch, a 12,000 acre combination working cattle ranch, waterfowl conservation area, and museum facility. The field school is in a gorgeous location at the base of the Shannon Bluffs and adjacent to the San Juan River, overlooking the city of Farmington, New Mexico lying immediately to the north. This year we will continue working at the great kiva on the Point site, a large Chacoan great house community dating predominantly to the Pueblo II-III time period of AD 900-1300. In 2014, we nearly completed excavation of the late Pueblo III Floor 1 and we opened up three new areas of the site. In 2015, work will continue on the great kiva and we will also work on the Study Unit 50-6 small kiva. Depending on the number of students, we may also continue work in the Study Unit 50-8 area of the great house. Excavation, survey, site recording, lab duties, lectures, field trips, a GPS/GIS workshop, and a pottery making/firing workshop are planned for the six week field school running from June 1 to July 10, 2015. The class can be taken as a 9 credit field school or as a 3 or 6 credit internship. For further information contact Linda Wheelbarger at 505 320-1834 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Period(s) of Occupation: Ancestral Puebloan/Anasazi, Pueblo II-III time period, A.D. 900-1300
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 6 weeks for ANTH 288-001 Field School, 2 weeks for ANTH 280-001 Internship, 4 weeks for ANTH 280-002 Internship
Room and Board Arrangements
Room and board is the responsibility of the student, however, for the last two years I arranged for nearly all of the out-of-state students to stay at the Economy Inn in downtown Farmington where special rates were given to the students. This has worked out very well and the Economy Inn has agreed to provide special rates again in 2015. The motel is located in our small downtown area only 2 blocks from the Three Rivers Brewery and Café. In general, when sharing a motel room (includes microwave and refrigerator) with one or more students, motel room costs are very reasonable at $90-125 per week totaling $540-$750 for the six week session or $180-$250 for ANTH 280 students who only stay for two weeks. There are 2-person, 3-person, and 4-person rooms available. Of course, students who prefer are welcome to have a room by themselves at a higher cost. I believe a single room rate is $225 per week.
If you want to “do your own thing”, that is absolutely fine and you should check out the Farmington New Mexico Convention and Visitors Bureau’s web page that has lots of information on the area (www.farmingtonnm.org) and also the college web page has a Housing link on the Admissions page that you can check out. The phone numbers for Realty Agents and several Apartment complexes are listed there.
Food costs are dependent on the student, but $100 per week is a good, although relatively minimal, estimate. For further information contact Linda Wheelbarger at: email@example.com
Ancient Peoples of the American Southwest by Stephen Plog, Second Edition 2008, Thames and Hudson, NY, NY
The Chaco Experience: Landscape and Ideology at the Center Place by Ruth M. Van Dyke, 2007, School for Advanced Research Press, Santa Fe, NM
A History of the Ancient Southwest by Stephen Lekson, 2009, School for Advanced Research Press, Santa Fe, NM
People of Chaco: A Canyon and Its Culture, Revised 1986, W.W. Norton & Company, New York.