Central Washington University Field School in CRM Archaeology

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Location: Ellensburg, WA, USA

Season: June 20, 2023 to July 28, 2023

Session Dates: June 20-July 28: $3772 for 12 quarter credits/ 6 weeks (weekdays only) June 20-July 7 or July 10-July 28: 3 week session=6 credits for $1927 (weekdays only). You will earn credits in two courses: ANTH 493 "Anthropological Field Experience" and ANTH 486 "Advanced Methods in Archaeology". These credits are on the quarter system; 12 quarter credits are equivalent to 8 credits on the semester system.

Application Deadline: May 19, 2023

Deadline Type: Contact for Details


Discount for AIA members: None

Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Central Washington University

Project Director:
Karisa Terry, PhD, Jon Shellenberger MA, 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, Jon Shellenberger, 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 Housing Program Please check the website for details about cost and availability. You can contact Dr. Terry for suggestions, but you must make your own housing reservations. 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, ). Other campsites are available in the Yakima Canyon and near Cle Elum, but these are a bit further away from town. You might find something that suites you! Finally, you could rent from AirBNB or Vrbo, 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 20-July 28: 12 quarter credits/ 6 weeks June 20-July 7 or July 10-July 28: 6 quarter credits / 3 weeks

Contact Information:

Karisa Terry

Department of Anthropology and Museum Studies, Central Washington University




United States

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