Whether you are a beginning or an advanced student, you can earn credit through a wide variety of field and laboratory courses at Arizona State University's Kampsville Field School. Held at the Center for American Archeology’s research and education headquarters in Kampsville, Illinois, the program allows students to earn 9 credits of undergraduate or graduate coursework from one of three 6-week options.
Director of the program Dr. Jane E. Buikstra – winner of two lifetime achievement awards for her pioneering work in bioarchaeology – is joined by a team of specialized faculty, whose classes emphasize empirical and theoretical training in archaeological research design and implementation. Students learn much more than the routine methods of archaeological recovery and analysis – they learn to think like scientific researchers.
Students choose one from the following tracks:
Fieldwork will be conducted at Golden Eagle site, the only known prehistoric site with an enclosing embankment in the Illinois River Valley.
In 2013 and 2014, CAA archaeologists conducted large-scale remote sensing surveys across the site, revealing intact archaeological deposits, as well as geophysical evidence of the ditch-and-embankment structure enclosing the site. Excavations of Golden Eagle began in 2014 with initial testing of the ditch-and-embankment, revealing evidence of building sequences. Excavation in 2016 tested mound 2 and the surrounding area. Check the results from our 2015
Kampsville is more than an archaeology program; it's an experience!
- Gain insights into what being a real archaeological scientist entails: long hours, one-on-one collegial interactions and original research.
- Establish lifelong friendships with future peers in the field, as well as mentorships with senior archaeological authorities.
- Acquire an appreciation for the theoretical and practical aspects of archaeological research in the context of long-term, cutting-edge research.
The Kampsville program is a collaboration of faculty and resources from Arizona State University, the Center for American Archeology, the Illinois State Museum and the Center for Advanced Spatial Technology (CAST) at the University of Arkansas.
Faculty: Jane E. Buikstra (Bioarchaeology; Human Osteology)
, Jason L. King (Field Archaeology; Bioarchaeology),
Duncan McKinnon (Geomatics)