Location: Boulder, Utah, United States
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
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 6 weeks
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.
Exploring the Fremont. David B. Madsen. Utah Museum of Natural History, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, 1989