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Archaeological Summer Field School-Range Creek Canyon

Location: Range Creek Canyon, Utah, United States

June 10, 2013 to July 31, 2013

Session dates: 
We require four-10 day sessions with 4 day breaks (we return to SLC on the breaks)

Application Deadline: 
Friday, March 1, 2013

Deadline Type: 
Contact for details

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



Utah Museum of Natural History and University of Utah

Project Director:

Dr. Duncan Metcalfe

Project Description

The University of Utah's 2013 summer program in archaeological field techniques will be held at Range Creek Canyon in east central Utah. Jointly sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Utah Museum of Natural History, this course offers students the opportunity to learn modern archaeological field and lab techniques in an ongoing field research program. Under the direction of Dr. Duncan Metcalfe, participants in the program will also receive training in archaeological method and theory.

Period(s) of Occupation: Fremont A.D. 1050

We offer eight upper division credits to spend four-10 day sessions in this amazing isolated research station

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: All 4 sessions are required

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

Expect comfortable but relatively primitive living conditions. We will be camping at the Wilcox ranch, which was a working ranch until a few years ago. Students are expected to provide their own camping equipment (personal tents, sleeping bags and pads, etc.). Meals during the ten-day work sessions will be prepared by a professional cook. Water, toilets, and archaeological field equipment (aside from the personal tool kit) will be provided by the field program. All students will be expected to assist in the daily camp chores required to keep a field camp running smoothly. Additionally, one day of each field session will be devoted to maintaining the ranch, and will include such activities as landscape upkeep, cutting firewood, painting, mowing, etc. It is a small price to pay for having access to the main ranch house for cooking facilities, the bunkhouse and a log cabin for research facilities. Also great experience for running your own field project in the future. Students will also assist with cooking on a one-day rotational basis.

Tuition no special fee

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
University of Utah
Number of credits offered 8
In-state for all during summer, See University website for current rates


Contact Information
Shannon Arnold Boomgarden
301 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City
United States
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Metcalfe, D. (2008) Range Creek Canyon in The Great Basin: People and Place in Ancient Times, eds. C.S. Fowler and D.D. Fowler, School For Advanced Research Press:Santa Fe.

Metcalfe, D. and Barlow, K.R. (1992). A Model for Exploring the Optimal Tradeoff between Field Processing and Transport. American Anthropologist 94: 340-356.

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Spangler, J.D. (2000). One-Pot Pithouses and Fremont Paradoxes: Formative Stage Adaptations in the Tavaputs Plateau Region of Northeastern Utah. In Intermountain Archaeology, Eds. Madsen and Metcalf, University of Utah Anthropological Papers, No. 122.

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