Topic ID #38261 - posted 4/19/2017 3:10 PM

Fort Massachusetts Field School 2017 - $800 TOTAL


Fort Massachusetts Archaeological Field School

June 19 - July 26, 2017

Fort Garland, CO

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Join us for six weeks excavating the first US military installation in Colorado. Fort Massachusetts was established in 1852 and decommissioned in 1858, and while in operation, this fort served the population of the territory acquired during the Mexican-American War. Site research includes focus on changes in the military, the relationship between local civilians and the military, and the early settlement of the New Mexico Territory by US citizens.

Instruction at the field school covers: - The basics of archaeological excavation techniques - Theories of historical archaeology - Relevant technology such as GIS, LIDAR, Total Station, etc. -Crash course in the history of the American Frontier

Student accommodations: -Camping on site in pristine wilderness - see the site as the soldiers saw it -Learn how to fire a 12lb. Mountain Howitzer cannon, how to dance like a Victorian lady or gentleman, how to defeat mosquitos, and other valuable life skills - Experience a field trip to a prehistoric archaeological site in New Mexico

Students can receive 6 graduate or undergraduate credits for a total of $800, plus travel, food, and camping equipment. For more information, visit, or email


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