Field School

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. 

Photos from the 2014 Field School:

The whole crew at the Von Trotha-Firestien Farm (L-R): Robbin Myers, Susan Kuznik, Amy Hudgens, Carlye Schaeffer, Kate Eastep, Connor Blum, Jack Fuqua, Kelton Meyer, Hannah Moore, Phillip Vesey

The whole crew at the Von Trotha-Firestien Farm (L-R): Robbin Myers, Susan Kuznik, Amy Hudgens, Carlye Schaeffer, Kate Eastep, Connor Blum, Jack Fuqua, Kelton Meyer, Hannah Moore, Phillip Vesey

Drawing features at the Poudre Learning Center test site: Carlye Schaeffer and Jack Fuqua.

Drawing features at the Poudre Learning Center test site: Carlye Schaeffer and Jack Fuqua.

Taking elevations at the Poudre Learning Center test site: Amy Hudgens.

Taking elevations at the Poudre Learning Center test site: Amy Hudgens.

Determining soil color at the Poudre Learning Center test site: (L-R) Carlye Schaeffer, Kelton Meyer, Connor Blum, Susan Kuznik.

Determining soil color at the Poudre Learning Center test site: (L-R) Carlye Schaeffer, Kelton Meyer, Connor Blum, Susan Kuznik.

Sieving soil at the Poudre Learning Center test site: Susan Kuznik.

Sieving soil at the Poudre Learning Center test site: Susan Kuznik.

Sorting artifacts at the Poudre Learning Center: (L-R) Amy Hudgens, Hannah Moore, Robbin Myers.

Sorting artifacts at the Poudre Learning Center: (L-R) Amy Hudgens, Hannah Moore, Robbin Myers.

Taking elevations at the Poudre Learning Center test site: Hannah Moore.

Taking elevations at the Poudre Learning Center test site: Hannah Moore.

Pedestrian survey at the Von Trotha-Firestien Farm.

Pedestrian survey at the Von Trotha-Firestien Farm.

Metal detector survey at the Camp Collins site: (L-R) Kate Eastep, Susan Kuznik.

Metal detector survey at the Camp Collins site: (L-R) Kate Eastep, Susan Kuznik.

Total station work at the Camp Collins site: Jack Fuqua.

Total station work at the Camp Collins site: Jack Fuqua.

River view test unit at the Camp Collins site: (L-R): Susan Kuznik, Carlye Schaeffer.

River view test unit at the Camp Collins site: (L-R): Susan Kuznik, Carlye Schaeffer.

Postal workers are not the only ones who work in the rain! Excavations at the Camp Collins site: (L-R): Kelton Meyer, Kate Eastep.

Postal workers are not the only ones who work in the rain! Excavations at the Camp Collins site: (L-R): Kelton Meyer, Kate Eastep.

Pedestrian survey, North park: Connor Blum, foreground, Carlye Schaeffer, mid-ground.

Pedestrian survey, North park: Connor Blum, foreground, Carlye Schaeffer, mid-ground.

Excavating a game blind in North Park: (L-R): Amy Hudgens, Connor Blum.

Excavating a game blind in North Park: (L-R): Amy Hudgens, Connor Blum.

Dr. Doerner demonstrating tree coring in North Park.

Dr. Doerner demonstrating tree coring in North Park.

Dr. Doerner explaining the use of the piston corer in North Park.

Dr. Doerner explaining the use of the piston corer in North Park.

Tree coring in North Park: Carlye Schaeffer.

Tree coring in North Park: Carlye Schaeffer.

Extracting a core: (L-R): Philip Vesey, Jack Fuqua, Robbin Myers (in North Park).

Extracting a core: (L-R): Philip Vesey, Jack Fuqua, Robbin Myers (in North Park).

Teamwork is required to use the piston corer effectively: (L-R): Philip Vesey, Dr. Doerner, Kelton Meyer, Robbin Myers (in North Park).

Teamwork is required to use the piston corer effectively: (L-R): Philip Vesey, Dr. Doerner, Kelton Meyer, Robbin Myers (in North Park).

Relaxing at camp in North Park: (L-R): Kate Eastep, Hannah Moore, Carlye Schaeffer.

Relaxing at camp in North Park: (L-R): Kate Eastep, Hannah Moore, Carlye Schaeffer.

The crew in North Park, with some of Dr. Brunswig’s crew. Back row (standing L-R): Phillip Vesey, Connor Johnen, Amy Hudgens, Kate Eastep, Robbin Myers, Carlye Schaeffer, Hannah Moore, Susan Kuznik; Front/middle row (leaning or kneeling, L-R): Andy Creekmore, Christie Montgomery, Jack Fuqua, Connor Blum, Kelton Meyer.

The crew in North Park, with some of Dr. Brunswig’s crew. Back row (standing L-R): Phillip Vesey, Connor Johnen, Amy Hudgens, Kate Eastep, Robbin Myers, Carlye Schaeffer, Hannah Moore, Susan Kuznik; Front/middle row (leaning or kneeling, L-R): Andy Creekmore, Christie Montgomery, Jack Fuqua, Connor Blum, Kelton Meyer.

Drawing features in North Park: (L-R): Robbin Myers, Dr. Brunswig, Connor Blum, Susan Kuznik, Hannah Moore.

Drawing features in North Park: (L-R): Robbin Myers, Dr. Brunswig, Connor Blum, Susan Kuznik, Hannah Moore.

Tree coring in North Park: Dr. Creekmore.

Tree coring in North Park: Dr. Creekmore.

Robbin Myers with the autolevel.

Robbin Myers with the autolevel.

Mastering the total station: (L-R) Hannah Moore, Kelton Meyer, Susan Kuznik.

Mastering the total station: (L-R) Hannah Moore, Kelton Meyer, Susan Kuznik.