Location: Cortez, Colorado, United States
Brush away the dirt to uncover a piece of ancient pottery-and be the first person to touch that artifact in a thousand years. Work alongside professional archaeologists for three weeks, learning from them as you dig, map, and document your finds. Every summer, High School Field School students join our research team in southwestern Colorado, helping to discover the history of the ancestral Pueblo Indians (Anasazi).
High School Field School students become part of our research team, working with our archaeologists on the Basketmaker Communities Project, a multiyear study of early Pueblo Indian society of the Mesa Verde region. Through this in-depth archaeology summer enrichment program for teens, you can gain experience that will look great on a college application or a resume.
Field school students also enjoy weekend field trips and special opportunities to learn about contemporary American Indian cultures.
Period(s) of Occupation: Basketmaker III through Pueblo III (A.D. 500-1280)
Room and Board Arrangements
Our 170-acre rural campus includes indoor and outdoor learning facilities, an archaeological laboratory, and a lodge (with dining hall). It's a peaceful place to relax, watch wildlife, walk through the woods, and enjoy panoramic mountain views from the rocking chairs on the lodge deck.
Participants share accommodations in comfortable cabins, which are new in 2016. Chaperons stay in separate rooms in the cabins and provide supervision. The cabins are coed, but individual roons are not; your child's roommates will be other camp participants of the same sex. Bathrooms (with showers) are located down the hall.
Three delicious, healthy meals are served each day. Hearty entrees, fresh fruits and vegetables, and a salad bar are standard fare, and most special diets can be accommodated.
Academic CreditNumber of credits offered High school and college credit are available. See website for details.