Topic ID #39049 - posted 12/13/2017 10:54 AM

US- AZ Coconino Archaeology Field School 2018


The major objective of this year’s field school is to prepare students for a career in Cultural Resource Management (CRM) while conducting a small-scale CRM inventory and evaluation project. The field school will take place on the Coconino National Forest on the outskirts of Flagstaff, Arizona, and will be taught by professional archaeologists from Statistical Research, Inc., one of the foremost CRM firms in the world, and the Coconino National Forest. The area has been home to people for many millennia and has a rich archaeological record. The region is best known, however, as the homeland of the Northern Sinagua. The Sinagua first appeared at about CE 650 as small family groups living in pit house communities near the best agricultural soils. Many early researchers suggested that the apparent population explosion that occurred in the eleventh century resulted from the eruption of the nearby Sunset Crater in the late eleventh century. The cinder fall from these eruptions was believed to have greatly increased the extent of arable land by fertilizing the soils and acting as a mulch to retard moisture evaporation. News of this new farmland purportedly spread throughout the Southwest leading to a prehistoric land rush into the area. New interpretations, however, suggest that the influence of Sunset Crater and associated migrations have been overly exaggerated. Rather, environmental change, increasing participation in pan-Southwestern exchange systems, population aggregation, and new agricultural technologies were the major factors in the region’s cultural development.

This season we will train students in basic CRM survey, mapping, excavation, and laboratory methods through an intensive pedestrian survey of Forest lands. Our research goals are to identify and evaluate archaeological resources that can contribute important information regarding past land use and settlement patterns in this area. In addition, we aim to assist the Forest in the management of their archaeological resources.

·         Course Dates: July 8-August 4, 2018

·         Enrollment Status: OPEN

·         Total Cost: $4,125

·         Course Type: Field Archaeology

·         Instructors: Dr. Richard Ciolek-Torello


Students will reside in an informal camp area at Elden Pueblo, the site of a large 12th and 13th century Sinagua ruin, on lands administered by the Coconino National Forest. Students should bring their own tents, sleeping bags, and air mattresses. Personal camp chairs and solar showers are also highly recommended. The field school will provide enclosed portable outdoor showers and portable toilets. Two large tents will serve as the kitchen and dining hall and laboratory and lecture hall, respectively. Facilities of the adjacent Flagstaff Ranger District offices will be available on an as-needed basis. The campground is located in the cool Ponderosa pine forest at approximately 7,000 feet above sea level, so a period of adjustment to the altitude may be necessary. Numerous hiking and mountain bike trails extend from the campground onto Mt. Elden and the adjacent San Francisco Peaks area.

All meals will be communal events and will provide plenty of nutritious food. Specialized diets (vegetarian, lactose-intolerant, etc.) can be supported, but staff must be notified in advance. Meals will be provided for six days a week. Students will be responsible for their own meals on Sundays.

The field camp is located just outside of the Flagstaff city limits, less than 2 miles from the Flagstaff Mall and other shopping centers, gas stations, restaurants, and fast food facilities. A gas-powered generator will be available evenings to recharge staff and personal electronic devices, although by necessity, the former will have priority. Cell-phone coverage is excellent at the campsite.


ACADEMIC CREDIT UNITS & TRANSCRIPTS Credit Units: Attending students will be awarded 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter credit units) through our academic partner, Connecticut College. Connecticut College is a private, highly ranked liberal arts institution with a deep commitment to undergraduate education. Students will receive a letter grade for attending this field school (see grading assessment and matrix). This field school provides a minimum of 160 direct instructional hours. Students are encouraged to discuss the transferability of credit units with faculty and registrars at their home institutions prior to attending this field school.


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