Central Washington University Field School in CRM Archaeology

COVID-19 NOTICE: Please be sure to reach out to the project contact to find out the status of their upcoming season. Many projects have cancelled fieldwork for 2020 and the information below may not reflect that.

Location: Ellensburg, WA, USA

Season: June 21, 2021 to July 30, 2021

Session Dates: June 21-July 30: $3627 for 12 quarter credits/ 6 weeks (weekdays only) June 21-July 9 or July 12-July 30: 3 week session=6 credits for half-price (weekdays only). You will earn credits in two courses: ANTH 493 "Anthropological Field Experience" (6 credits, June 21-July 9) and/or ANTH 486 "Advanced Methods in Archaeology" (6 credits, July 12-30). These credits are on the quarter system; 12 quarter credits are equivalent to 8 credits on the semester system. All students enrolled in the first session (first 3 weeks: June 21-July 9) of the field school will take 6 credits of Anth 493. Students enrolled in only the second session (second 3 weeks: July 12–July 30) will take 6 credits of Anth 493. Those students enrolled in the full six week session will take Anth 493 for 6 credits during the first half, then Anth 486 during the second half.

Application Deadline: May 21, 2021

Deadline Type: Contact for Details


Discount for AIA members: None

Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Central Washington University

Project Director:
Karisa Terry, PhD and Steven Hackenberger, PhD

Project Description:

Come to Washington state to learn CRM archaeology as part of Central Washington University’s summer program as either a 3-week or 6-week session. We will collaborate with state and federal agencies, tribal partners, and private contracting firms based in Washington state to conduct cultural resource management archaeology for them as you would on the job. Under direction of Karisa Terry and Steven Hackenberger (CWU Department of Anthropology) you will learn skills including: Site survey and recording, mapping, GIS (Geographic Information Software) applications, GPS (Global Positioning Software), geophysical prospecting (Ground Penetrating Radar), testing (shovel and excavation units), artifact analysis, vegetation identification, and database management. Our projects support community participation and interpretation, and serve transdisciplinary geoarchaeological and landscape studies. Although we will be based in central Washington, we will work on an assortment of projects including pre-contact and historic archaeological resources in different locations in the region.

Period(s) of Occupation: Pre-contact to historic archaeological resources.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 3 weeks minimum up to 6 weeks maximum.

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: None.

Room and Board Arrangements:
For out-of-town students, campus housing and dining facilities may be available through the CWU Conference Program. You can contact Dr. Terry for suggestions, but you must make your own housing reservations. Please contact the Conference Program for more information at or toll-free at 1-800-752-4379. There are also several local commercial campgrounds. The best options for the length of our project are the Ellensburg KOA about three miles west of campus (509-925-9319;, or the Yakima River RV Park about six miles south of campus (509-925-4734, ). Finally, you could rent from a motel or sublet an apartment for the summer. Since we are a college town, there are often sublets available in the summer. Several students have done this in past years. We are asking current CWU students about their plans and possible rooms that may open.

Academic Credit:
June 21-July 30: 12 quarter credits/ 6 weeks June 21-July 9 or July 12-July 30: 6 quarter credits / 3 weeks

Contact Information:

Karisa Terry

Department of Anthropology and Museum Studies, Central Washington University




United States

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