Crow Canyon Archaeological Center College Field School

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Location: Cortez, CO, US

Season: May 20, 2018 to June 23, 2018

Application Deadline: March 2, 2018

Deadline Type: Exact date


Program Type:
Field school

RPA Certified:
This project is an RPA certified field school

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

Project Director:
Dr. Susan C. Ryan, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center Director of Archaeology

Project Description:

Read the blog from last year’s Field School:

Attend the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center’s College-accredited Field School near Cortez, Colorado. Through immersion in a five-week experiential learning program, students will learn the fundamental techniques of archaeological site identification and recording, excavation, and basic artifact processing and analyses under the direction of Dr. Susan C. Ryan, Director of Archaeology at Crow Canyon. Additionally, students will learn instrument surveying and remote sensing surveying techniques. Evening programs, field trips, and public events expand these essential skills and prosent resl-world opportunites to practice the principles of conservation archaeology. Students will work in groups throughout the program, rotating through the training modules that offer different but complementary skill sets. Students will interact with archaeological professionals while conducting fieldwork at the Haynie site, an ancestral Pueblo village with two Pueblo II (A.D. 950–1150) great houses.

Undergraduate and graduate students may enroll for 6 credit hours, either in Anthropology 279 or 589, through Adams State University in Colorado ($55 per credit hour). The field school is certified by the Register of Professional Archaeologists.

Period(s) of Occupation: Basketmaker III through Pueblo III (A.D. 500-1280)

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Age: College Age

Room and Board Arrangements:
The field school fee includes accommodations in comfortable, shared cabins on Crow Canyon’s 170-acre campus, just outside the town of Cortez. Students must provide their own sleeping kits and personal gear. Crow Canyon's cabins have been designed to be energy efficient and to blend well with the landscape. Cabins include shared shower and toilet facilities. Wi-Fi is available. Laundry facilities are not available on campus. Meals The field school fee includes all meals from Sunday night through Friday night each week. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served each day. On-campus meals are served cafeteria-style in the lodge; dinner and lunches include a salad bar and a vegetarian entree. Fresh fruit, lemonade, iced tea, and coffee are available on campus all day. If you are working at the site, snacks, water, and a picnic lunch (sandwiches, fresh fruit, chips, and cookies) are provided. Juice, spring water, and soda are available from the vending machine behind the lodge. Crow Canyon dining consistently receives rave reviews! If you have special dietary needs, please contact us before your program. We are able to accommodate most special diets, but some may require you to bring supplemental foods. Campus Crow Canyon’s 170-acre campus, located just outside the town of Cortez, features a large meadow, pinyon- and juniper-covered hillsides, and spectacular views of Mesa Verde and the La Plata Mountains. A short nature trail winds through the woods. Buildings on campus include the lodge, cabins, guest hogans, two learning centers, and the Gates Archaeology Laboratory (the Gates Building), which houses classrooms, offices, and a small gift shop in addition to the lab. The Gates Building closes at 10 p.m. Crow Canyon is a center of learning for children, teens, and adults. You may be sharing the campus, including the dining hall, with people of different ages enrolled in a variety of programs, including school group programs (grades 4 through 12). All indoor facilities are smoke-free. Wildfires are a real danger in our area; if you smoke, please do so only in the designated smoking area, at the picnic table behind the lodge. Smoking by minors (under age 18) is prohibited. In addition to hosting participants in Crow Canyon programs, our rural campus is also visited by a variety of wildlife, including deer, rabbits, marmots, birds, snakes, lizards, foxes, coyotes, and the occasional mountain lion. Cost: $4,100

Academic Credit:
6 credits offered by Adams State University, Colorado. Tuition is $330.

Contact Information:

Dr. Susan C. Ryan

23390 Road K





Phone: 970.564.4381

Fax: 970.565.4859

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