12th and Lewis Street
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307 766-5136
Fax: 307 766-2473
UWAFS-2013 provides professional-level training in field research methods at several southeast and northeast Wyoming locations. Learn to recognize surface evidence … artifacts and eroding features, chipped stone, ceramic shards, fire-cracked rock, stone circles ... How to use rapid reconnaissance to cover large areas that have never been looked at by an archaeologist? Then on to systematic pedestrian transect survey methods to find, record and map numerous new sites. In other locations we will start initial site test trenches, or learn about mapping instrument and the use of metal-detecting procedures at Early Historic sites. At the last session Field School members will receive training in the most intensive excavation methods in complicated and well preserved stratified geological/cultural deposits. Many field schools sound good but the student ends up in "learning a lot, but mostly in one set of excavation units at one site" ... Not with us! Field trips to numerous other sites will be a standard procedure ...learn at lot by visiting some of the keenest sites across eastern Wyoming !
We produce entry-level professionals who are qualified for employment on Research and CRM crews. Juniors and Seniors majoring in Anthropology are preferred but we can often accept Anthropology majors with less background (e.g. "Intro. to Arch.") if you want to "get a jump on the competition"). And we can try to fit in students from other majors who just want to experience field archaeology.
Any UWAFS-2013 member can volunteer for more excavation experience at other UW research projects during session breaks or after the Field School is over. UWAFS-2013 is a good place to find out if you want to pursue a career involving field excavation and survey. Be prepared to spend half of a summer "living and breathing" archaeology.
Three Main Field School Sessions (6 Cr. Hrs., three 10-day sessions, with 4-day breaks) ... or ... One or Two "Field Class" 10-day Sessions (e.g. for 2 or 4 Cr. Hrs.).
Preference is always given to applicants to the three main Field School sessions (an “Archaeology standard" to qualify for professional employment). However, it is often possible to sign up for the "Field Class" Options. (Students really wanting to maximize summer credit hours might also consider obtaining some supplemental credit (e.g. a 2 Cr. Hr. Independent Study research project or an Internship) (has to be set up ahead of time).
Please fill out an Application Form and forward it to Field School Director, Dr. Charles Reher (please see information below). We will then forward the information needed for Admission to UW and for Registration for the Field School/Field Class.
Main Field School Sessions:
Field School Session 1 (June 11 - 20) – High Plains Stone Circles Site, Gurney Peak Fortress, The “Lost Effigy” at Spanish Diggings ... Pine Bluffs, Horse Creek Breaks and Hartville Uplift (Click on a Session Number for some field site photos.)
Field Session 1 will range out across the southeast Wyoming “piney bluffs” and up into the Hartville Uplift. The HPA Project is a long term research and public education effort investigating numerous sites in southeast Wyoming, western Nebraska, and northeast Colorado. HPA sites include the Pine Bluffs Site (48LA312), where over 20 cultural levels ranging from the Early Historic Frontier era back to PaleoIndian times extend down through 6 meters of stratified deposits. HPA facilities include the High Plains Archaeology Museum and Field Lab, and the Windows on the Past Interpretive Center (built over the top of the excavation area at the Pine Bluffs Site), along with a dining hall and a field camp area in the bluffs above the town.
Session 1 will be devoted to training in site reconnaissance in new survey areas, and more formal pedestrian survey and site mapping techniques in the Pine Bluffs "stone circle landscape," where 2500 tipi rings have been documented. Additional work will be conducted at Gurney Peak, a prehistoric butte-top defensive fortress in the Horse Creek Breaks about 25 miles to the north. A final project will involve a mapping and survey project at a large and very unusual human effigy rock alignment figure recently re-discovered at the Spanish Diggings Quarry. This Spanish Diggings site area is part of the one of the largest lithic quarries complexes in North America. The session will also include numerous field trips to other sites in southeast Wyoming, e.g. the Twin Mountain site complex on top of the scenic Laramie Range, about 75 miles to the west of Pine Bluffs.
Field School Session 2 (June 25 – July 4) –Testing A Bison Jump and Mapping Rock Image Sites, Foothills of the Bighorn Mountains
Field Session 2 will be based in the eastern foot of the Bighorn Mountains in the “Hole-in-the-Wall” country. Session 2 will establish the first text excavations or the Wold Buffalo Jump Site. Part of a cooperative project with the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office, the session will also survey, map and record rock image sites along the red cliffs in the vicinity.
Field School Session 3 (July 9 - 18) – Block Excavations at The Vore Buffalo Jump, Continued Survey and Reconnaissance In The Northern Black Hills
This session will move up to the Black Hills of northeast Wyoming and the Vore Buffalo Jump (48CK301). The Vore Site is one of the largest and certainly the best preserved big game kill sites in the world. The intricately stratified site 6-meter deep deposits occur in the bottom of a large round sink hole, where more than 20 cultural levels include the butchered remains of 10,000-20,000 bison. The Vore Site is open to the public because of the efforts of the nonprofit Vore Buffalo Jump Foundation, and includes a parking area, a small log Visitors building, another building which protects the main excavation units and associated display areas. And we are just now constructing a new large “tipi-shaped” Visitors Center with restrooms and Museum display areas
Session 3 will emphasize training in the most precise and detailed excavation procedures, e.g. carefully using brushes and small bamboo excavation tools, followed by detailed EDM mapping, compiling complex databases and other recording procedures. During the Session we will also range out on field trips to other sites in the Black Hills (Sand Creek Shelter, Williams Spring ... and conduct archaeological surveys in the Vore
Dr. Charles Reher UW Faculty Archaeologist, Field School
Director, and Director of the UW Anthropology Museum (Session 1 and 3)
Dr. Todd Surovell UW Faculty Archaeologist, and Director of the Frison Institute (Session 2)
Course Structures And
Costs: Outline below are some basic, rounded-off
costs for your consideration We can help with any more detailed questions and provide
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(*) Please note that we can offer In-State Resident Tuition rates to all students in the main Field School/Field Class Sessions (probably the last year this will be available).
Basic costs should be:
Field School Tuition and Fees (6 Cr. Hrs.) ... $2,405.98
Field Class Tuition and Fees (4 Cr. Hrs.) ... $1,652.46
Field Class Tuition and Fees (2 Cr. Hrs.) ... $897.94
(* non-UW Students, add $40 to the above totals for the UW Admissions Fee)
(* all Field School/Field Class Students, add approx $50-$75 for Excavation Kit tools as needed, and a FS Manual)