Location: Perryton, Texas, United States
Courson Archaeological Research will be hosting an archaeological field school outside of Perryton, Texas from May 26th through June 7th, 2013. Excavations will be conducted at two sites: Chill Hill (41RB132) and Eastview (41RB153). Chill Hill is a large, Late Middle Ceramic period (A.D. 1415 to A.D. 1440) village site. The occupants of this settlement were intensive bison hunters and were heavily involved in trade with the eastern Pueblos of New Mexico. Eastview is a small Middle Ceramic period settlement that was attacked and destroyed about A.D. 1350. Excavations here will concentrate on two of the burned structures present at the site. Additional opportunities include artifact processing in our field laboratory, pedestrian survey, and site recording and assessment. We will work Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm. Select evenings will include brief lectures and "hands on" presentations that focus on the archaeology and history of the region. Otherwise, participants will have evenings off to relax and visit. Excavation techniques will vary from site to site, but will include the investigation of residential structures and associated features (e.g., middens, hearths, roasting pits, and storage facilities), and test excavations. Participants will be trained in a wide variety of important techniques, including identifying and exposing cultural features, mapping and recording of artifacts, profiles, and features, coring, collecting specialized samples, photography, site recording, and water screening. Laboratory activities will include artifact identification, stabilization, and cleaning, cataloging, record keeping, and soil flotation. All participants will be expected to participate in field or laboratory work. Prior archaeological field or lab experience is desirable, but not required. Participants may sign up for two weeks. The total number of field school participants will be limited to 25, so apply early.
Period(s) of Occupation: Middle Ceramic period/A.D. 1350 to A.D. 1450
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Two Weeks
Room and Board Arrangements
A private field school camp will be established near Lake Fryer. Col. Dempsey Malaney will once again serve as our camp boss. Participants will stay in tents or camp trailers. Water and electricity will be available in camp. Communal breakfast and evening meals will be prepared by a private caterer. Participants are responsible for lunch in the field and weekend meals.