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Archaeology Field Schools in Focus

Descriptions of upcoming archaeological digs for the year 2009 and earlier, with photographs and information straight from the directors.

Kincaid Mounds (Illinois USA)
May 23-July 15, 2011 (two sessions). Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Continuing excavations at the Kincaid Mounds on the Ohio River floodplain in far southern Illinois will be held this summer, focusing on an anomalous rise and a structure near the main mound group.

Rock Art Ranch (Arizona, US)
June 6-July 8, 2011. University of Arizona. Rock Art Ranch is a large, privately-owned ranch located on the Colorado Plateau, and bordered by Chevelon Canyon, famous for its petroglyphs. Students will learn about the pre-ranch history of the region, using archaeological survey and excavation of a small pueblo dated to AD 1200.

Gault (Texas)
July 10-August 15, 2011. Idaho State University and the Gault School for Archaeological Research at Texas State University at San Marcos. Deep testings of the Gault site have repeatedly found traces of what appears to be a pre-Clovis occupation, people who may have lived in central Texas before 13,500 years ago. The 2011 season will be focused on layers below the Clovis occupations, where excavators hope to find definitive proof of pre-Clovis.

Balkan Heritage 2011
In 2011, Balkan Heritage will provide ten exciting opportunities for archaeology field and laboratory work. Short courses include pottery and conservation workshops, medieval fresco documentation, and Neolithic and Roman period excavations, in the Balkan states of Macedonia and Bulgaria.

Ireland Graveyard Survey, Port y Candas on the Isle of Man
June 26-August 7 2010. University of Liverpool. Surface survey and recording in historic Irish churches; excavation at the Iron Age Port y Candas site on the Isle of Man.

Marsiliana d'Albegna (Italy)
August, 30 2010-October 30, 2010. University of Siena and Etruria Nova. 8th season of excavations on Etruscan village and necropolis in Tuscany.

The Kincaid Site (Illinois)
May 24-July 17, 2010 (two sessions). Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Excavations at the Mississippian village at Kincaid Mounds, on the Ohio River in southern Illinois.

Trempeauleau, Wisconsin
June 2 and July 9, 2010. University of Wisconsin at Baraboo/Sauk County. Excavations at the Mississippian site of Trempealeau, Wisconsin, near LaCrosse. Excavations will study interactions between local Effigy Mound people and Middle Mississippians who ventured hundreds of miles up the Mississippi River nearly 1,000 years ago.

Pemaquid Falls (Maine)
July 26 to August 13, 2010. Southern Maine Community College. Ongoing excavations at the home of 17th century merchant Robert Givens, in Pemaquid Falls, Maine.

Fieldwork in Focus: Knife River Indian Villages
May 24-July 2, 2010. University of North Dakota. Most of the research will be conducted at Elbee, a multicomponent site located along the Knife River in Mercer County, North Dakota. Elbee has a prominent Plains Village occupation dated between AD 1520-1630

Birch Creek, Owyhee River Valley, Oregon
May 24-June 25, 2010. Washington State University. Excavations at Birch Creek, a large pithouse village in the Owyhee River Valley of Oregon.

Berefet, Gambia
May 28-July 16, 2010. St. Mary's College. The 2010 Gambia Field Studies program proposes to conduct the first systematic survey, map and test the Berefet site in collaboration with the Gambia's National Centre for Arts and Culture (NCAC) Division of Museums and Monuments (DMM) and the citizens of Berefet village itself.

Cooper's Ferry, Idaho
June 21 to August 13, 2010. Oregon State University. Cooper's Ferry is an early Paleoindian site in the Salmon River valley of Idaho since 2009. The site has a long record of repeated human occupation, beginning with a Western Stemmed Tradition/Paleoarchaic artifact assemblage.

Fieldwork in Focus: Rio Puccha, Peru
June 13-August 2, 2010 (2 archaeology, 1 bioarchaeology session). Huari-Ancash Archaeological Project. The aim of this year's archaeology and bio-archaeology field schools is to learn of the lifestyle of the prehispanic population in the valley of Rio Puccha, Peru.

Fieldwork in Focus: New Philadelphia
May 24, 2010—July 30, 2010. Fieldschool in archaeology and laboratory techniques, held at the townsite of New Philadelphia, a 19th century multi-racial farming community in central Illinois.

Achill Archaeological Field School (Ireland)
May 21-July 23, 2010 (three sessions). National University of Ireland, Galway. Ongoing research on Slievemore, with short introductory courses to interested members of the public, modular courses for archaeology and anthropology students that come with academic credit and CPD courses for members of the archaeological profession.

Bamburgh Castle (Northumberland UK)
June 8-July 26, 2009. Bamburgh Research Project. Excavations at the medieval castle.

Pemaquid Farmstead (Maine)
July 27-August 14, 2009. Southern Maine Community College. Ongoing excavations of the late 18th century farmstead of prominent Pemaquid merchant Robert Given.

Balkan Heritage
Balkan Heritage has scheduled five field schools between May and October 2009, including three excavations, a preservation work camp, and frescoes hunting.

Utah Pottery Project
May 11 to June 26, 2009. Michigan Tech. Excavations at nineteenth century pottery shops founded by immigrant potters in small towns and large cities, part of the Latter-day Saints' colonization of the desert and mountain west.

Ometepe Archaeological Project (Nicaragua)
January 10-30, 2009. National Museum of Nicaragua. Field survey and mapping of rock art and archaeological sites on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua.

Los Padres National Forest (California, US)
June 23-July 18, 2008. California State University at Dominguez Hills. Prehistoric and early historic Chumash sites in the Los Padres National Forest.

The Speaker's House (Pennsylvania, US)
June 23-August 1, 2008. The Speaker's House and Ursinus College. Excavations at the 18th century house of the first Speaker of the US House of Representatives.

Elkhorn/Ebert Ranch and Fairbanks Site (North Dakota)
May 16-June 27, 2008. University of North Dakota. Survey at Theodore Roosevelt's ranch and excavation at the Fairbanks early Plains Archaic site. Students pay tuition and receive wages in addition to room and board.

Field School in Focus 2008: Robert Given House, Pemaquid Falls, Maine
July 28-August 15, 2008. Southern Maine Community College. The 2008 field school will be held at the late 18th century estate of Robert Given, near Pemaquid Falls, Maine.

Field Methods in Rock Art (Texas USA)
May 12-29, 2008. Shumla School. Investigate and record rock art in the Lower Pecos canyons of Texas.

Balkan Heritage 2008
May-August 2008. Balkan Heritage. BH is featuring six field schools this year, at different times and places throughout the summer.

Jones Mill, Arkansas
June 13-29, 2008. The Arkansas Archeological Survey and Arkansas Archeological Society will cosponsor a Training Program in Archaeology at the Jones Mill Site (3HS28) in Hot Spring County, Arkansas.

Nicodemus, Kansas
June 2-17, 2007. Kansas Archeology Training Program, among others. Excavations at the dugout homesteads in the town of Nicodemus, Kansas, where African American families settled in 1877.

Kaloyanovets Cataloging Project
July 1-21 2007. Balkan Heritage. The project involves the scientific cataloging of artifacts from the Late Neolithic settlement of Kaloyanovets (10 km from Stara Zagora, Bulgaria).

The Search for Amelia Earhart
July 12-August 9, 2007. The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR). Continuing investigations on Nikumaroro island during the 70th anniversary of the disappearance of pioneer aviator Earhart will focus on the 'Seven Site', a campsite where human remains were found in 1940, together with a woman's shoe and a sextant box.

Seep Springs, California
Field School in Focus The 2007 field school for California State University Bakersfield will be held this year at Seep Springs; assistant director Rebecca S. Orfila at CSUB's Center for Archaeological Research sent along these notes.

Robert Given House, Pemaquid Falls, Maine
The 2007 field school for the Department of Social Sciences, Southern Main Community College will be held between July 30 and August 10, 2007, at the 18th century estate of Robert Givens, near Pemaquid Falls, Maine. Director Neill de Paoli sent this description along.

Tell es-Safi/Gath, Israel
July 8-August 3, 2007. Tell es-Safi/Gath (Hebrew Tel Tsafit), Israel, is a commanding mound located on the border between the Judean foothills (the Shephelah) and the coastal plain (Philistia), approximately halfway between Jerusalem and Ashkelon.

Maritime Archaeology in the Netherlands
May 20-27 2007. Nautical Archaeology Society. A study tour of Dutch East India Company (VOC) sailing ships and the archaeology of them, including a series of lectures on the history of the VOC and VOC shipbuilding practices.

Freedman's Town National Historic District
January 19/20-April 28/29, 2007. Rutherford B. H. Yates Museum Community Archaeology Project (YCAP). Community-based investigations into Houston's Freedman's Town, regarded to be the last African American "Freedmen's Town" community extant in the United States that continues to be occupied.

Fort Vancouver, Washington
June 19--August 4, 2007. National Park Service, Portland State University, Washington State University Vancouver, and the Vancouver National Historic Reserve Trust. This year’s project will explore the early (ca. 1846-1880) history of the U.S. Army component of the fort.

Hazor, Israel
In the summer of 2007 the Selz Foundation Hazor excavations in Memory of Yigael Yadin, headed by Amnon Ben-Tor from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem will resume at Hazor, a major site in the Galilee (located approximately 5 km. north of Rosh-Pinnah, Israel).

West Point Foundry, New York USA
Michigan Technological University's West Point Foundry excavations will be held again at West Point Foundry, an early 19th century locomotive factory.

Tel Rehov, Israel
Next summer's excavations at Tel Rehov, Israel, will be held between June 25-August 2, 2007. Project staff member Nava Panitz-Cohen sent along this description and photographs of the proposed research.

Hippos-Sussita, Israel
The eighth season of excavations at Hippos (Sussita) will be run by the Zinman Institute of Archaeology at the University of Haifa between July 1-26, 2007.

Tel Dor, Israel
The 2007 season of excavations at Tel Dor, Israel will be held between June 26 and July 28 next summer.

Holley Shelter (South Africa)
Dr. Molly Clark of West Virginia Wesleyan College will hold field school excavations at Holley Shelter in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa between July 28-August 24, 2007.

Marcajirca, Peru
The third season of excavations of the Huari-Ancash Archaeological and BioArchaeological Project is scheduled to run next summer between 15th July and 15th August, 2007, run by Bebel Ibarra of the University of Paris.

Maritime Archaeology at Flinders
Flinders University's Maritime Archaeology Program is now accepting applications to participate in the Maritime Archaeology Field School at Victor Harbor, South Australia, 1-18 February 2007.

Tel Tsaf, Israel
The archaeological site of Tel Tsaf is a Middle Chalcolithic site located near Beth-Shean in the Jordan Valley of Israel, occupied between the Late Neolithic to the Ghassulian-Beer Sheva Chalcolithic

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