CAA Summer Adult Field School

Location: Kampsville, IL, US

Season: July 7, 2019 to August 3, 2019

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field school

RPA Certified:

Center for American Archeology

Project Director:
Jason L. King, PhD

Project Description:

Signup for one to four weeks on the archeological field crew at the Golden Eagle site (11C120).

Join the CAA field crew at Golden Eagle site, the only known prehistoric site with an enclosing embankment 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 the Adult 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 Length of Stay for Volunteers: 1 week

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: None

Room and Board Arrangements:
Tuition includes room; breakfast, lunch, dinner (Monday-Friday); supplies, and instruction. Participants will stay at one of the CAA’s dormitories. Rooms are at minimum double-occupancy. Dormitories have refrigerators, microwaves, hot plates, and grill. Participants are responsible for making their own transportation arrangements; the CAA can provide shuttle service to and from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport or the Alton, Illinois Amtrak station for an additional cost. Cost:

Contact Information:

Dr. Jason L. King

PO Box 366





Phone: 618-653-4315

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