Location: Chesterton, Indiana, United States
The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in northwestern Indiana (60 miles east of Chicago) is a beautiful natural landscape. About 1,500 years ago, during the Late Woodland period, prehistoric people camped in the dunes and left behind artifacts such as the prehistoric pottery sherds shown here. Who were they and what were they doing there? This year’s Notre Dame Archaeology Field School will attempt to answer those questions. We will attempt to learn who they were and what they were doing by finding and studying the artifacts they left behind.
More information about the prehistory and history of the Dunes is available at
The University of Notre Dame (ND) will conduct a field school at the site in 2013 in cooperation with the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and the Midwest Archaeological Center (MWAC) of the National Park Service. Under the direction of Prof. Mark Schurr (ND), students in the field school will accurately map sites, conduct several different types of geophysical surveys to map sub-surface archaeological deposits, and conduct excavations to investigate buried deposits. Students will also learn about the prehistory and early history of the Great Lakes, how to document and report archaeological projects and artifacts using digital tools, how to engage the public in archaeological projects, and what types of careers are available for archaeologists working in academic, governmental, and private settings.
You will learn about:
Site mapping and documentation
Geophysical survey and remote sensing
The basics of field archaeology
The archaeology of eastern North America and the Great Lakes
Prehistoric and historic American culture
Communicating the results of your research
Careers in archaeology
Period(s) of Occupation: Prehistoric Native American (Late Woodland Period
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Three weeks for credit, no minimum for volunteers
Room and Board Arrangements
Students can make their own housing arrangments. University of Notre Dame students can stay in campus dorms.