Sand Hills Archaeology

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Location: Mullen, NE, US

Season: May 14, 2018 to June 22, 2018

Session Dates: Field Session 1: May 16 - 25 Field Session 2: May 30 - June 8 Field Session 3: June 13 - 22

Application Deadline: May 1, 2018

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field school

RPA Certified:

University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Nebraska State Historical Society

Project Director:
Dr. Phil R. Geib, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Rob Bozell, Nebraska State Historical Society

Project Description:

The Sand Hills comprise one of the major physiographic regions in Nebraska, accounting for more than one-quarter of the state. Yet this area is poorly known archaeologically, largely because of a paucity of significant archaeological investigation.  This project aims to provide baseline data about past human use of this area through a combination of survey and testing.

Over a six week period, students will learn skills and archaeological field techniques that will prepare them for careers in archaeology, museums, or anthropology in general.  They will learn how to 1) conduct a surface survey, 2) locate and map archaeological sites, 3) identify and document artifacts, 4) excavate an archaeological site, and 5) record soils and cultural strata.  Students will also have opportunities to learn about and try their hand at various prehistoric technologies such as flintknapping, pottery making, atlatl throwing, and more.

Period(s) of Occupation: Diverse, potentially from Paleoindian to Historic; excavation focused on Plains Apache

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 6 weeks

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: No experience required

Room and Board Arrangements:
Tent camping around a house with access to bathrooms and kitchen facilities so semi-primitive.  Group cooking and taking turns at this and cleanup.  Some home cooked meals at ranch headquarters.  Some meals in restaurants. Cost: Total cost for tuition and food/lodging/transportation = $2800 undergrads or $3255 grads.

Academic Credit:
6 credits offered by University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Tuition is Undergraduate 6 credit hours = $1550. Graduate 6 credit hours = $2005. Plus $1250 for food, lodging, & transportation..

Contact Information:

Phil R. Geib

816 Oldfather Hall, UNL




United States

Phone: 402-472-2411

Fax: 402-472-9642

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