Sul Ross State University Archaeological Field School

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Season: May 29, 2024 to July 5, 2024

Application Deadline: January 31, 2024

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Sul Ross State University

Project Director:
Dr. Bryon Schroeder

Project Description:

This intensive six-week course provides hands-on introduction to archaeological field and laboratory techniques, including pedestrian survey, site recording, instrument mapping (GPS, EDM), site testing, controlled excavation, rock art recording, photography, 3D modeling, experimental studies, sample processing, and artifact curation. All students receive instruction and experience in all aspects of the field school. Throughout the course there will be several assigned readings and visiting guest lecturers who will provide detailed information about different aspects of the sites and archaeological record of the greater Big Bend. Participation in this course requires hiking across rugged terrain in extreme temperatures, carrying equipment and buckets of sediment, and excavating for extended periods on hands and knees. Please communicate any physical or health concerns with instructors.

Period(s) of Occupation: PaleoIndigenous, Early to Late Holocene

Several scholarships are available, see website for more details.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Full time

Minimum Age: University Age

Experience Required: Students will have ideally taken an Introduction to Archaeology course before the field school, but it is not required.

Room and Board Arrangements:
All field work will be based out of field camps (a combination of cabins, bunkrooms, and camping). All students will share cooking and cleaning duties, and the instructors will build a menu to accommodate all food allergies and restrictions. As in professional archaeology settings, helping with camp duties is an expected component of the field school. Program fee is $1,000

Academic Credit:
6 credit hours, tuition is $1,884.52

Contact Information:

Charles Koenig

Ferguson Hall, Suite 114A, Box C-71





Phone: (432) 837-8366

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