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This listing expired on April 1, 2018. Please contact RLKELLY@uwyo.edu for any updated information.
Location: Laramie, WY, US
Season: June 10, 2018 to July 18, 2018
Session Dates: June 11 - June 20, 2018 June 25 - July 4, 2018 July 9 - 18, 2018
Application Deadline: March 15, 2018
Deadline Type: Exact date
Discount for AIA members: No
University of Wyoming
Robert L. Kelly
We live in remote field camps (in beautiful country). All students must provide their own personal camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, etc.; the fieldschool provides all kitchen and excavation gear). All students will assist in regular camp chores (cooking, cleaning up, etc.). The work is physically demanding, and takes place regardless of Wyoming’s fickle weather (which can include rain, snow and/or freezing temperatures even in summer). Students should be in good physical shape (seriously; the survey portion requires all-day hikes in rough, mountainous country) and prepared to eat and live in remote locations away from town, Internet access and cell phone connections.
We teach the fieldschool in three 10-day sessions, separated by two, four-day intervals. Students are responsible for themselves during those four days. This is a 6-credit, 30-day fieldschool and provides the minimal accepted standard to qualify for entry-level employment on research or Cultural Resource Management projects. Credit from the University of Wyoming fieldschool should be transferrable to any academic institution and fulfill the fieldschool requirement of any CRM company.
We can accept about 12 students for the fieldschool, and welcome applications from students at any educational level or from any background. We do, however, give preference to those students majoring in anthropology, who seek a career in archaeology and who have taken at least one archaeology course. The fieldschool is a good place to discover if a career in archaeology is the right place for you.
Note: we will leave for the first field camp early on June 11 from the Anthropology Building at the University of Wyoming. Non-UW students should plan to arrive in Laramie no later than June 10. We can assist with locating a place to stay with one of the UW fieldschool students.
Period(s) of Occupation: The rockshelter site that we will excavate covers nearly the entire range of Wyoming's prehistory from about 12,000 years ago to the present.
Project Size: 1-24 participants
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Students must attend all three sessions.
Minimum Age: 18
Experience Required: No.
Room and Board Arrangements:
See tuition. Project involves camping. Cost: see tuition.
6 credits offered by University of Wyoming. Tuition is Please note these are 2017 rates; we don't expect the 2018 rates to be much higher, and will post them when they are available. As in previous years, we hope to offer In-State Resident Tuition rates to out-of-state students. Undergraduate Field School Tuition (in-state rates): $113/credit hour; Graduate tuition: $221/credit hour. Plus fees ($26.87/credit hr, and a flat fee of $147.74). Undergraduate/graduate fees (to cover equipment, food, transportation): $350/credit hour Total cost, 6 credit hours: Undergraduate: $3086.96 (tuition and fees). Graduate: $3734.96.
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