Arizona State University Kampsville Field School

Location: Kampsville, Illinois, United States

June 10, 2018 to July 21, 2018

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Deadline Type: 

Flyer: PDF icon field-schools-2018-flyer-opt.pdf

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



Arizona State University and Center for American Archeology

Project Director:

Jane E. Buikstra, PhD; Jason L. King, PhD

Project Description

The Arizona State University Field School at the Center for American Archeology in Kampsville, IL is accepting applications for all programs. Signup for 6 weeks/9 credits in one of the following:

  • Bioarchaeology and Human Osteology
  • Field Archaeology and Geophysical Testing

Fieldwork will be at Golden Eagle site, the only known prehistoric site with an enclosing embankment in the Illinois River Valley. CAA has been investigating this enigmatic site since 2013, beginning with large-scale remote sensing surveys across the site that revealed intact archaeological deposits such as the ditch-and-embankment structure enclosing the site. In 2014, we began initial archaeological testing of the ditch-and-embankment enclosure. Subsequent fieldwork has focused on other parts of the enclosure and the portion of the site near mound 2. In 2018, we’ll continue to investigate occupations and building sequences at the site. 

Period(s) of Occupation: Woodland Period

Hopewell, mounds, earthworks, Middle Woodland, geophysics, remote sensing, GIS, Kampsville, bioarchaeology

Project size: 
25-49 participants

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

During the field school, students will reside in Kamp Store, a historical store and home that has been converted into a museum and dormitory. There are no single rooms available. Beds are provided, though students should bring a sleeping bag or bed linens (blankets, sheets and pillow), as well as towels. There is a public laundromat within driving distance. Transportation can be arranged to laundry facilities for those students who do not intend to drive.

Meals are served Monday breakfast through Saturday lunch as part of your room and board fees. Students must provide their own meals Saturday evening and all day on Sundays. There are restaurants located in Kampsville where students may purchase meals. The meal plan begins with breakfast on the first Monday of field school and ends with dinner on the last Friday. Kamp Store includes access to a communal refrigerator, but no cooking appliances are available.



Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Arizona State University
Number of credits offered 9
The program fee for 2017 is $6,010, covering 9 credits of coursework (graduate or undergraduate), room and board, transportation to and from the site and maintenance of classroom and on-site facilities. Not included: optional excursions, transportation to Kampsville, additional meals, books and personal expenses.


Contact Information
Kampsville Field School
Arizona State University, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, PO Box 872402