Wyoming’s First Peoples

Location: Laramie, WY, US

Season: June 10, 2019 to July 17, 2019

Session Dates: Session 1: June 10 to June 19 Session 2: June 24 to July 3 Session 3: July 8 to June 17

Application Deadline: April 15, 2019

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field school

RPA Certified:

University of Wyoming Archaeological Field School

Project Director:
Dr. Todd A. Surovell

Project Description:

The University of Wyoming Archaeological Fieldschool provides professional-level training in field research methods at two Wyoming locations.  Learn to recognize and identify chipped stone tools and debris, ceramic sherds, faunal remains, fire-cracked rock, stone circles and fire hearths; collect sediment, radiocarbon, and flotation samples; read stratigraphic profiles; excavate; record data; read maps; use a GPS; conduct surface survey; fill out site forms — all the basics of archaeological fieldwork.  You will learn how to use field technology, such as total stations. This year’s fieldschool continues the 2014-17 fieldwork at the La Prele Mammoth site in Converse County, Wyoming where students will learn careful excavation methods, screening, and mapping with a total station. The first session will take place near Laramie where students will work on both prehistoric and historic archaeology associated with artesian springs.  There, students will learn survey, mapping, augering, and test excavation methods.  The fieldschool includes a range of experiences – and at beautiful Wyoming locations.

Period(s) of Occupation: Early Paleoindian (Clovis) to Historic

Our field school gives students experience at multiple sites at settings in different parts of the state. Please apply early to maximize your chances of acceptances. Applications are accepted beginning in January.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Students must register for all three sessions

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: An introductory course in archaeology

Room and Board Arrangements:
All students will live in a fieldcamp, and must provide their own basic 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, ready to hike steep mountains under arid conditions at elevations over 5280 feet, and prepared to eat and live in remote locations away from town, Internet access and cell phone connections. Cost: 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):  $134/credit hour (Graduate tuition: $261/credit hour);  plus fees ($26.95/credit hr, $6/credit hour advising fee, $9/credit hour program fees) = $1223.24.* Undergraduate/graduate fees (to cover equipment, food, transportation): $350/credit hour = $2100 Total cost, 6 credit hours**:  Undergraduate: $3155.70 (tuition and fees).  Graduate: $3917.70 (* non-UW Students, add $40 to the above totals for the UW Admissions Fee; **costs estimated as of January 2019)

Academic Credit:
6 credits credits offered by University of Wyoming. Tuition is Total cost is around $3,155 (see below).

Contact Information:

Todd Surovell

1000 E. University Drive, Anthropology, Dept. 3431





Phone: 307-314-2733

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