Location: Kampsville, IL, US
Season: June 9, 2019 to July 6, 2019
Deadline Type: Rolling
Center for American Archeology
Dr. Jason L. King
High School Field School is your opportunity to be an archaeologist. Join our summer field crew and participate in real archaeological research alongside professional archaeologists. You will learn how to do fieldwork, laboratory work, identify artifacts, and more with professional archaeologists as we investigate the Golden Eagle site.
The Golden Eagle site (11C120) is the only enclosure-and-mound site in the Illinois River Valley. Since 2013, CAA archaeologists and field schools have conducted geophysical surveys and excavation at the site. In 2013 and 2014, we conducted large-scale remote sensing surveys across the site, revealing intact archaeological deposits, as well as geophysical evidence of the ditch-and-embankment. We started excavations in 2014 to document the ditch-and-embankment that encloses the site. Excavation in 2016 tested mound 2 and the surrounding area. In 2018, fieldwork was focused on the eastern portion of the embankment where we discovered evidence of that at least this segment of the embankment was constructed during Late Woodland times, after AD 750. In 2019, we will continue to investigate the eastern embankment. By participating in High School Field School, you will help archaeologists understand what people were doing at this unique site thousands of years ago and how the site was formed.
Period(s) of Occupation: Woodland
Project Size: 1-24 participants
Minimum Age: 13
Experience Required: None
Room and Board Arrangements:
Students stay in one of the CAA’s dormitories while in residence. Dormitories are basic, bunkhouse-style living facilities without TV or internet. Rooms are at minimum double occupancy. The total number of roommates is based on program enrollment, with a maximum occupancy of four. Boys and girls have separate sections of our dormitory, with a monitored door dividing the sections. Separate shower and restroom facilities are provided. Adult chaperones are on duty 24/7. Our facilities are approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health, and meet the Illinois Youth Camp Act’s criteria. Cost: 1 Week: $850 2 Weeks: $1675 3 Weeks: $2500 4 Weeks: $3300 Scholarships available.
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