Totah Archaeological Project Field School


Location: Farmington, New Mexico, United States

Season: 
June 1, 2015 to July 10, 2015

Session dates: 
N/A

Application Deadline: 
Monday, June 1, 2015

Deadline Type: 
Exact date

Program Type

Field school

no

Affiliation:

San Juan College 4601 College Blvd. Farmington, NM 87402

Project Director:

Linda Wheelbarger, San Juan College

Project Description

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 wheelbarger@sanjuancollege.edu   

Period(s) of Occupation: Ancestral Puebloan/Anasazi, Pueblo II-III time period, A.D. 900-1300

Notes: 
Excavation, Anasazi, Chaco time period, Point Pueblo, great house, great kiva, Totah, Four Corners, New Mexico, San Juan River, Farmington, San Juan College

Project size: 
25-49 participants

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

Minimum age: 
16, with special stipulations

Experience required: 
No experience required and no pre-requisites

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:  wheelbarger@sanjuancollege.edu

Cost: 
Total room and board costs range from $200 per week to $325 per week, depending on whether you choose to room with others or stay by yourself. Also, if students choose to camp, costs can be reduced.

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
San Juan College 4601 College Blvd. Farmington, NM 87402
Number of credits offered ANTH 288-001 Field School = 9 credits ANTH 280-001 Internship = 3 credits ANTH 280-002 Internship = 6 credits
Tuition: 
For New Mexico residents, the per credit hour fee is $41.75 plus an additional flat fee of $77.50 for students taking 1-4 credit hours or an additional flat fee of $155 for students taking 5 or more credit hours. For out-of-state or international residents, the per credit hour fee is $123.75 plus an additional flat fee of $137.50 for students taking 1-4 credits or an additional flat fee of $275 for students taking 5 or more credits. Per credit hour charges are reduced for students 65 and older. All field school students must pay an equipment and supply fee to help cover equipment, vehicle rental, and supply costs. The equipment and supply fee is $300 for the 9 credit ANTH 288-001 field school, $200 for the 6 credit ANTH 280-002 internship, or $100 for the 3 credit ANTH 280-001 internship. Total tuition cost for the field school including credit hour fee, additional flat fee, and equipment and supply fee is: New Mexico Residents 3 credit hour ANTH 280-001 Internship = $302.75 6 credit hour ANTH 280-002 Internship = $605.50 9 credit hour ANTH 288-001 Field School = $830.75 Out-of-State or International Residents 3 credit hour ANTH 280-001 Internship = $608.75 6 credit hour ANTH 280-002 Internship = $1,217.50 9 credit hour ANTH 288-001 Field School = $1,688.75

Location

Contact Information
Linda Wheelbarger
4601 College Blvd.
Farmington
NM
United States
87402
Telephone: 
505 320-1834 (cell)
Recommended Bibliography: 

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.