The archaeological field school takes place each summer and offers an opportunity for students to develop essential field skills. These include some or all of the following: surface survey, topographical survey with GPS and total station, geophysics, excavation, and processing and analysis of archaeological remains. Recent field schools have taken place in North Park, Greeley, and Dearfield Colorado.
- Costs include UNC tuition (4 credits) and a $400.00 fee to cover room, board and supplies.
- Course: ANT 325 (undergraduate) or ANT 525 (graduate)
For more information, contact Dr. Creekmore atAndrew.Creekmore@unco.edu.
2014 Field School
In 2014 we trained on campus, at the Poudre Learning Center in Greeley, and at the Von Trotha Firestien Farm in Bracewell. Next we conducted metal detector survey and excavations at the possible site of Camp Collins in La Porte. We finished up the season with pedestrian survey, soil coring, and excavations at several prehistoric sites outside Walden Colorado.
Skills training in 2014 included:
- Triangulation stake-out and mapping using reel tapes.
- Piece-plotting and feature mapping using triangulation and drawing frames.
- Setup and operation of an autolevel.
- Setup and operation of a total station and data logger for use in state-out and recording points.
- Operation of a metal detector and excavation of finds.
- Pedestrian survey on both historic and prehistoric sites.
- Excavation of 1mX1m units with shovel scraping, small picks and trowels, using artificial levels, sieving, and artifact collection.
- Field photography of excavation units and finds.
- Section and plan view drawings.
- Use of Munsell color system.
- Field recording of data and finds using standard forms and maps.
- Collection of soil cores from a fen using a piston corer.
- Collection of tree cores.