Cañon de Carnué Archaeological Project

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Location: Carnuel, NM 87123, USA

Season: June 6, 2022 to July 15, 2022

Session Dates: One six-week session: June 6-July 15, 2022

Application Deadline: April 1, 2022

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

New Mexico State University

Project Director:
Dr. Kelly Jenks

Project Description:

This is an intensive six-week field-based course, for which you will earn six credit hours. This course introduces you to basic archaeological field methods through participation in a collaborative field research project on the traditional lands of the Cañon de Carnué Land Grant, located east of Albuquerque, NM in the area now referred to as Tijeras Canyon. As part of this project, you will gain experience with all phases of archaeological fieldwork, including excavation, survey, mapping, and artifact analysis. All students and staff will stay at a base camp on/near the Land Grant for the full six weeks, and all participants must be prepared for camping and rigorous outdoor activity including walking, climbing, carrying equipment, and digging.

Period(s) of Occupation: During archaeological survey and mapping, students are likely to encounter pre-Hispanic Ancestral Pueblo sites (AD 700-1539) and sites associated with historic Apache, Pueblo, and Hispanic occupations (AD 1539-1950). Excavations should be limited to sites and features associated with the early history of the Cañon de Carnué Land Grant, between AD 1763 and 1900.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Six weeks (the full session)

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: No prior experience is required. Previous classes in archaeology will be beneficial.

Room and Board Arrangements:
In addition to the standard tuition and fees for six credits, we will charge each student a $1,200 course fee to cover the cost of meals, access to basic facilities and services, and transportation to and from the project sites.

Academic Credit:
Students will earn 6 credits. Undergraduates without previous field experience should enroll in ANTH 388, while undergraduates who have previously completed some field training may enroll in ANTH 488 (the advanced course). Graduate students must enroll in ANTH 522 to earn graduate credit. Tuition rates vary depending on the semester, resident or non-resident status, and graduate or undergraduate status. The 2021 rates are published here: We will include links to the 2022 rates as soon as they become available.

Contact Information:

Kelly Jenks

United States

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