Fremont Archaeology in Boulder, Utah

Location: Boulder, Utah, United States

May 20, 2019 to June 28, 2019

Session dates: 
Travel to camp: May 20-22 Field Session 1: May 23 - June 1 Long Field Trip: June 3 - 8 Field Session 2: June 9 - 15 Field Session 3: June 17 - 24 Travel to Lincoln: June 26-27

Application Deadline: 
Monday, April 1, 2019
Monday, April 15, 2019

Deadline Type: 

Flyer: PDF icon anth_490_field_school_syllabus.pdf

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Project Director:

Dr. Phil R. Geib

Project Description

Overview: The Fremont culture developed in Utah after the diffusion of maize from populations
living further south on the Colorado Plateau. The Fremont shared many cultural traits with ancestral
Puebloans to the south, but also had unique characteristics and lifeways.

This project will investigate an early Fremont habitation located on private land near Boulder,
Utah. This site has never received archaeological study, so our initial objectives concern basic questions about settlement, subsistence, and chronology.

Learning Objectives: Acquire skills and field techniques that will prepare you for a career in
archaeology, museums, or anthropology in general. You will learn how to 1) identify and document
artifacts, 2) conduct a surface survey for evidence of the past, 3) locate and map archaeological
sites, 4) excavate archaeological sites, 5) record soils and cultural strata, 6) communicate the
findings and significance of this work.

You will also have opportunities for hands-on learning of flintknapping, pottery making, and other
prehistoric crafts such as sandals and cordage.

Period(s) of Occupation: Fremont, ~AD 600-1000

Exploring the Enigmatic Fremont at the Foot of Boulder Mountain

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 6 weeks

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 
Intro to Archaeology or Intro to Anthropology

Room and Board Arrangements

Camping in a remote beautiful setting along Deer Creek with access to cooking and bathroom facilities. Bring a tent and sleeping gear.  We’ll cook as a group, so be ready for camp chores and dietary flexibility.

$1250 for food, lodging, & transportation.

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Number of credits offered 6 credit hours for either undergraduates or graduates
Undergraduate 6 credit hours = $1550. Graduate 6 credit hours = $2005.


Contact Information
Dr. Phil R. Geib
816 Oldfather Hall
(402) 472-2411
(402) 472-9642
Recommended Bibliography: 

Exploring the Fremont. David B. Madsen. Utah Museum of Natural History, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, 1989