2023 US (IL) Kampsville Applied Archaeology for CRM Careers Session I

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Location: Kampsville, IL, USA

Season: April 23, 2023 to May 20, 2023

Application Deadline: April 7, 2023

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Center for Field Sciences, Center for American Archaeology

Project Director:
Dr. Jason King

Project Description:

This program is a four-week, intensive field school experience designed to provide students with job-ready skills to enter the workforce as archaeological field technicians in the Cultural Resource Management (CRM) archaeology industry. Students will learn key skills necessary for CRM archaeology jobs, including survey, surface collection, shovel testing, excavation, laboratory techniques, relevant laws, and reporting. Students will learn the entire process of CRM archaeology practices, from data collection to data reporting and mitigation. Practical field and laboratory activities are supplemented by relevant readings and formal lectures.

Period(s) of Occupation: Pre Contact and Historical Periods

Tuition: $4,997. Tuition covers full cost of instruction, room & board, transportation while in the program and 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter credit units). Credit units are awarded through our School of Record -- Iowa Wesleyan University.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Full length of the program

Minimum Age: 18 years old

Experience Required: This is a train-to-work program for students seeking immediate employment at the CRM sector. Students with a BA or BS in archaeology, anthropology or related fields will get a priority enrollment for this field school. This is hands-on, experiential learning and students will study on-site how to conduct archaeological field work. Field work involves physical work and exposure to the elements and thus requires a measure of understanding that this will not be the typical university learning environment. You will have to work outdoors and will get sweaty and tired. Students are required to come equipped with sufficient excitement and adequate understanding that field work requires real, hard work, in the sun and wind. The work requires patience, discipline, and attention to details.

Room and Board Arrangements:
Students will reside in the Center for American Archeology Kampsville Dormitory. The dormitory is coed. No single rooms are available. A refrigerator and microwave area available for student use. Meals are provided Monday breakfast through Saturday lunch. Cuisine is standard Midwestern dishes. CAA food services accommodate a variety of needs, including vegetarian and vegan diets. Enrolled students will receive a form to report their dietary needs before arrival.

Academic Credit:
8 Semester Credits Units (equivalent to 12 quarter credit units) through our School of Record -- Iowa Wesleyan University

Contact Information:

CFS Admissions

Los Angeles

Phone: (562) 584-0761

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