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Advanced Field School

  Archaeological Field Studies – ANTH 5180

 DATES: June 19 – July 26, 2021


WHO: Graduate and undergraduate students

WHERE: Hell Gap Field Station Southeastern Wyoming Hartville Uplift

GOALS: Excavate at the world famous Hell Gap Paleoindian site in Hell Gap and Goshen levels


  • Advanced field techniques – (excavation, testing mapping, survey)
  • Electronic & Digital Data Recording – (GPS, Total Station, Mapping & Lab Software, GIS)
  • Analysis – (Data management & analysis, graphic and display techniques)
  • Workshops – (lithics, zooarcheology, stone tool making, atl-atl throws, public education)

Participate in entire research process

  • Research design                Project execution                                 
  • Budgeting                          Final report write-up with crew

Extracurricular opportunities. Visit: Fort Laramie, Black Hills, Hudson-Meng, Vore, Agate Fossil Beds, Fort Robinson, and much more.

For more information, contact: Marcel Kornfeld ( or Mary Lou Larson (

Hell Gap National Monument


Info on Class

Schedule: the AAFS consists of three-10 day sessions with each session separated by a four day break.
The three sessions and two breaks are scheduled as:

June 19 - June 28      Hell Gap 1

June 29 - July 3         Break

July 3 - July 12          Hell Gap 2

July 13 - July 16        Break

July 17 - July 26        Hell Gap 3

Transportation: Transportation to and from the UW campus will be arranged prior to leaving for the field on June 19. You may have to drive a university vehicle during sessions or to and from Laramie and you cannot do so without university approval. You must be registered as a student before applying. Students are encouraged to use their own vehicle to convoy with us and provide more personal flexibility during the field sessions (travel to town after work and during breaks or down the road to get cell phone service). But we must insure that we have sufficient drivers for project vehicles and field equipment.

After meeting in Laramie at noon on (the day before start of the first session), our first task will be to load vehicles with field supplies, and other tasks necessary for field work. The same holds true on our return to Laramie (last day of the third session) for unloading. We will travel to and return from Hell Gap after loading in a convoy at the start and finish of the field season. Driving time to Hell Gap from Laramie is approximately 2 hours and we will need time to set up camp (yours and communal) after arrival so we will need to get out of town as soon as possible after noon.

Field Living at Hell Gap: The Hell Gap field camp consists of a spacious tent camp area, dining hall, a well, port-a-potties, and a solar shower surround. We will have spaces for everyone interested in bringing more substantial housing (trailers, pickups with toppers, etc.), although there is no plumbing for sewage, and electric connections are in short supply. Students and staff are required to provide personal camping equipment (see Excavating and Living at Hell Gap).

Field Equipment: The AAFS provides major equipment and supplies necessary for excavation and laboratory work. If you have your own personal excavation equipment please bring it (see Excavating and Living at Hell Gap for minimum suggested equipment needs). If you do not have your own personal excavation equipment, please let the instructor know well in advance so we can provide it for you.



 Hell Gap Field lab (left) and excavation of Locality I in progress (right) Hell Gap Pictures


Tuition, Fees, and Registration

 1. Contact the instructors if you have any questions about the course, registration, credits, etc.:
     Marcel Kornfeld ( or Mary Lou Larson (

2.  Tuition and Fees: In addition to tuition, you will need to pay the AAFS fees. Course costs are:
      Tuition a variety of UW fees (including $40 application)               $1162
      Field School Fee*                                                                         $1800
      Total costs for Undergraduates, Grad, and Non-degree           $2999

The tuition and fees must be paid in full before we leave for the field (June 21) regardless of whether or not you have received a bill in the mail. You may check on WyoWeb, with the Accounts Receivable Office (Room 250, Knight Hall) or the Cashier’s Office (west wing, Knight Hall) to determine how much you owe.

      * The field school fee pays for travel expenses, food, and various field necessities.

3.  Health Insurance, Measles vaccination etc.: The University of Wyoming requires that you have proof of insurance (or UW Insurance). The application form requires information regarding any specific and potential emergencies, i.e., allergic reactions.

4.  Signing up for AAFS if you are not a UW Student:

    a.  Admissions: UW graduate and undergraduate students should skip this step. If you are not a UW graduate or undergraduate student, you will need to apply for Undergraduate Non-Degree Admission Status (regardless whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student) to the University of Wyoming. The form for this application is available on-line at, Please follow the Undergraduate Application Process and pay your $40 application fee. You need not submit transcripts or be formally accepted into UW to follow this procedure. You will be charged the undergraduate tuition rate.

    b.  Registration: Once you have been accepted into the field school ( and UW please call Keith Kanbe (Anthropology department secretary) 307-766-5136 ( to obtain your PIN number/permission to register. Follow the instructions for registration to be found at --> How to register for classes using WYOWEB

    c.  Course information from the class schedule that you may need to register includes

         i. CRN = 30197

         ii. Course # = ANTH 5180/Section Number = 01

         iii. Course Name on Class schedule: “Advance Arch Flds”

         iv. Credit hours = 6

         v. Instructor = Kornfeld

     d. You must pay your tuition and be registered for the course by 6/18/21.


Contact Us

Anthropology Department

12th and Lewis Streets

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-5136


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