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Totah Archaeological Project

Location: Farmington, New Mexico, United States

June 3, 2013 to July 12, 2013

Session dates: 

Application Deadline: 
Monday, June 3, 2013

Program Type

Field school


San Juan College

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 Chaco-phase greathouse village complex dating predominantly to the Pueblo II-III time period of AD 900-1300.  After having completed excavation of the north half down to Floor 1 last year, in 2013 we will excavate the south half of the great kiva down to that same Floor 1 level.  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 3 to July 12, 2013.   The class can be taken as a 9 credit field school or as a 3-6 credit internship.  For further information contact Linda Wheelbarger.   

Period(s) of Occupation: Ancestral Puebloan/Anasazi, A.D. 900-1300

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 6 weeks for field school, 2 weeks for 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 2013.  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. Food costs are dependent on the student, but $100 per week is a good, although relatively minimal, estimate.   For further information contact Linda Wheelbarger.

apx $190-225 per week or $325 per week if staying in a single room

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
San Juan College
Number of credits offered Anth 288 Field School = 9 credits Anth 280 Internship = 3-6 credits
$53.75 per credit for in-state students and $125.75 per credit for out-of-state students: field school students, but not interns, must pay an additional fee of $200.00 that is charged to help cover equipment, vehicle rental, and supply costs.


Contact Information
Linda Wheelbarger
4601 College Blvd.
United States
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