Understanding Plains Village Farming Communities at Lynch Nebraska

Location: Lynch, NE, US

Season: June 3, 2019 to July 5, 2019

Session Dates: June 3rd - July 5th 2019

Application Deadline: March 15, 2019

Deadline Type: Exact date


Program Type:
Field school

RPA Certified:

Augustana University

Project Director:
K.C. Carlson Ph.D., Augustana University Doug Bamforth Ph.D., University of Colorado - Boulder

Project Description:

The late 1200s and 1300s saw substantial population shifts in the eastern Plains and Midwest. These occurred in the context of profound sociopolitical and demographic changes, particularly the political decline and depopulation of Cahokia, and regional climatic variation, including significant changes in northern hemisphere temperatures and severe regional droughts. A series of sites in northeastern Nebraska show blended patterns of ceramic design suggesting that groups lived side by side in some areas, interacting face-to-face and forming new communities with distinct identities. This excavation, located near Lynch, Nebraska, focuses on uncovering a site in this series where people subsistence on bison and maize agriculture. This field school will instruct students in basic archaeological excavation techniques and the processing of artifacts. Students will learn basic bone and ceramic identification as well as mapping and recording techniques. 


Period(s) of Occupation: Plains Village Farmers, 13th and 14th centuries

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Must stay full length of course

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: No experience required

Room and Board Arrangements:
Students will camp around a main house which will be used for bathrooms, showers, and cooking needs. We will be taking turns cooking and cleaning in camp. The house has a storm shelter and places to get inside out of weather if necessary.  Cost: Tuition for 5 credit hours Additional Fees $700.00 (estimated)

Academic Credit:
5 credits available credits offered by Augustana University . Tuition: is subject to change based on University fees. Estimated $400 per credit hour. Plus $700 for room, board, and supplies. .

Contact Information:

K.C. Carlson

2001 S Summit Ave

Sioux Falls




Phone: 6052745327

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