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Arizona State University Kampsville Field School

Location: Kampsville, Illinois, United States

June 11, 2017 to July 22, 2017

Application Deadline: 
Monday, May 1, 2017

Deadline Type: 

Flyer: PDF icon caa_2017_field_schools.pdf

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



Arizona State University and Center for American Archeology

Project Director:

Jane E. Buikstra, PhD

Project Description


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 and 2016 field seasons.
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)

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