Topic ID #40562 - posted 1/15/2019 12:41 PM

Picuris Pueblo Field School


Location: Taos, New Mexico, United States

Season: June 3, 2019 to July 7, 2019

Application Deadline: Monday, April 1, 2019 (contact for details)

Directors: Dr. Lindsay Montgomery (University of Arizona); Mr. Richard Mermejo (Picuris Pueblo); Dr. Michael Adler (Southern Methodist University); Dr. Severin M. Fowles (Barnard College)

Picuris Pueblo is arguably the oldest continuously occupied settlement in North America, having been the home of a Tiwa-speaking community from the 10th century to the present day. Archaeological evidence suggests the pueblo grew rapidly during the 14th and 15th centuries, and Spanish colonial records demonstrate that by the end of the 16th century Picuris was a major trade center connecting the resident communities of the Rio Grande valley to Apache bison-hunters on the Plains.

This field school is a collaborative project between archaeologists and Picuris Pueblo and explores Picuris' rich history of agricultural intensification, Apache visitation, and the development of Plains-Pueblo trade. Participants in the field school will learn technical skills including geospatial applications and archaeological survey as well as ceramic, lithic, phytolith and pollen analysis. In addition to fieldwork students will partake in community events, lectures, and site visits to other Tiwa and Tewa speaking communities in the Rio Grande region to further their understanding of the ongoing indigenous history of northern New Mexico.

For more information and to read about last year's field school program, check out our project website and Instagram.

Accommodations: Students will camp on the beautiful 423-acre campus of Southern Methodist University at Fort Bergwin in Taos. Students will have access to campus shower and toilets, laundry facilities, basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts, as well as the library and computer lab. Breakfast and dinner will be served in the Fort Bergwin dining hall and lunch will be eaten in the field. Students will be transported in University of Arizona vehicles to Picuris Pueblo from Tucson at the beginning and end of the field school. Students coming from afar may also arrange to be picked up from the Albuquerque International Airport.

Academic Credit:
Undergraduate and graduate student participants will enroll in one 3-credit lab course and one 3-credit lab course through the University of Arizona. If you are not currently enrolled as a student at the University of Arizona, please check with your advisor about transferring UA course credit to your home institution

Tuition: Field school registration is subject to normal University of Arizona tuition and fees for summer school, which are the same for in-state and out-of-state students. In 2017, these fees were $424/ credit hour for undergraduates and $474/credit hour for graduate students. A special course fee of $700.00 for 6-credit hours covers field school costs and is due at registration.

Contact Dr. Lindsay Montgomery ( or view our University of Arizona webpage for more details.

Post ID#20991 - replied 2/13/2019 11:26 AM


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