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Santa Clara University Field School in Historical Archaeology

Location: Santa Clara, California, United States

June 21, 2012 to July 25, 2012

Deadline Type: 

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



Santa Clara University

Project Director:

Dr. Lee Panich, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Santa Clara University

Project Description

The 2012 Santa Clara University summer field school in historical archaeology offers students hands-on training in archaeological methods in the heart of Silicon Valley. Students will learn skills including site mapping, archaeological excavation, field recording, and basic laboratory procedures through an investigation into the historic cultural landscape directly north of the Santa Clara campus. Excavations will focus on areas known to have housed Native Americans who lived and worked at the Spanish colonial mission of Santa Clara de Asís. More recent deposits including those related to an early German immigrant community will likely also be encountered.

The course will meet Monday through Friday, and may include organized field trips to local points of archaeological interest. Students will have free time Saturday and Sunday to rest or to explore the area.


Period(s) of Occupation: Historical

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Entire field season

Experience required: 
An introductory archaeology course is suggested as a prerequisite.

Room and Board Arrangements

Tuition includes on-campus housing.  Students not requiring housing may enroll at a lower cost. Students will be responsible for their own meals. Options include SCU dining facilities, local restaurants, or student preparation of meals (a large supermarket and weekly farmers market are within walking distance; kitchens may be available with on-campus housing). 


Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Santa Clara University
Number of credits offered 4


Contact Information
Dr. Lee Panich
Department of Anthropology, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara
United States