Castle Rocks State Park Public Archaeology Workshop

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Location: Almo, ID, US

Season: June 21, 2019 to June 23, 2019

Session Dates: Friday, June 21st - Sunday, June 23

Application Deadline: May 18, 2019


Program Type:

RPA Certified:

Castle Rocks State Park

Project Director:
Tara McClure-Cannon, M.A., RPA

Project Description:

Join archaeologists for the second annual public archaeology workshop at Castle Rocks State Park. This will be the final season of excavations at the Jensen Homestead, where John P. Jensen and his family lived for 18 years in the 1880s to 1890s.

This public workshop will take place on Friday, June 21st through Sunday, June 23rd, 2019, under the direction of the Park Archaeologist. Adults and teens (13+) who want to learn about archaeological principles and methods, as well as Idaho settler history, are welcome to participate. No previous archaeology experience is required. Participants will take part in all aspects of the excavation, including digging, measuring, screening, completing excavation records, and identifying artifacts.

The workshop is limited to 16 participants and the registration fee is $15 per person. Teens under 18 must participate with a parent or guardian. Register by calling 208-824-5916. Registration deadline is May 18th and the non-refundable registration fee is due when you register.

Participants are responsible for their own meals, except for lunch on Sunday, when there will be a Dutch oven lunch prepared by the park. Fieldwork supplies, including gloves, are provided. A group camp is available to participants, other campsites can be reserved for Castle Rocks and City of Rocks through Other accommodations are also available in the Almo, Idaho area.



Friday, 1-4:30 pm

Overview of project and excavation methods

Site Visit

6-7:30 pm

Optional – California Trail Tour in City of Rocks

Saturday, 8:30-Noon


Noon – 1 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1 pm – 4 pm


6 – 7 pm

Optional – Archaeology Hike in Castle Rocks

Sunday, 8:30 – Noon


Noon – 1 pm

Dutch oven lunch provided by the Park

Project discussion over lunch

1 pm – 4 pm

Finish excavations and paperwork


Period(s) of Occupation: Historic 1880s

Excavate a historic 1880s homestead! Open to the public, no experience required. Open to teens 13+ with parent/guardian. Learn about archaeology and settler history!

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 3

Minimum Age: 13

Experience Required: No experience required. Public outreach program.

Room and Board Arrangements:
Group campsite available, other campsites and facilities are available in the Almo area. Cost: $15/person

Contact Information:

Tara Cannon

PO Box 169




Phone: 208-824-5916

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