Fieldwork from Start to Finish: Excavation and Curation in Southeast Missouri

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Location: Cape Girardeau, MO, USA

Season: May 23, 2022 to July 1, 2022

Application Deadline: February 11, 2022

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Institute for Field Research

Project Director:
Tamira Brennan, PhD, RPA

Project Description:

You can have it all! This field school is split between excavating at a large Native American village and a special emphasis on curation for those who might be interested in careers that involve collections management or museum work. Students’ excavations will help manage threatened aspects of this important site and their work will prepare a legacy collection dating to the 1970s from this same site for final curation. Learn about NAGPRA and preservation legislation, the culture history of the Midwest, and proper field and lab methods. Field trips to archives, museums, and other archaeological sites are planned. You will walk away from this field school with a very well-rounded experience.

Period(s) of Occupation: This site dates primarily to the late Mississippian period within the local culture history, ca AD 1300-1450

This field school will apply for RPA certification. Week one is a virtual week, during which most lectures and readings are covered. Weeks 2-6 are in-person in Missouri with dorm-style housing and meals. Field school is limited to 10 seats

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: full term (6 weeks)

Minimum Age: 17

Experience Required: None

Room and Board Arrangements:
Students will be living in dorms on the campus of Southeast Missouri University. A 14 meal per week plan is included in the cost. Students should plan to pack lunches to the field.

Academic Credit:
8 college credits

Contact Information:

Tamira Brennan




United States

Phone: (217) 244-8965

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