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Archaeology Field School Activities

Saint Louis University's Archaeological Field School and Lab Course

Arch Field School Pic1Each summer, Saint Louis University conducts an archaeological field school at the prehistoric chiefdom of Cahokia under the direction of Dr. Mary Vermilion Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Collinsville, Illinois, 20 minutes from St. Louis east of the Mississippi River. The site is integral to our understanding of sociopolitical complexity and how complex social systems come to power and decline.

Field school students receive training in various aspects of archaeological fieldwork, including site survey and mapping, excavation and recording techniques, artifact identification, analysis, processing, and inventory. The number of students admitted is limited to ensure individual instruction and hands-on experience. This course is certified by the Register of Professional Archaeologists.

This is a four-week, four (4) credit course and is open to Saint Louis University undergraduate students as well as Arch Field School Pic2visiting students from other institutions. No previous field experience is necessary. The field school meets Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM-3:30 PM. Students must provide their own food and transportation to and from the site.

Following the field school, Saint Louis University offers a two-week, two (2) credit archaeological lab analysis course that emphasizes the scientific methods and procedures used by archaeologists to investigate, reconstruct, interpret, preserve, and learn from artifacts, features, and ecofacts. Students learn to process, inventory, analyze and interpret the archaeological record within both regional and site contexts.

This course meets Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM-3:00 PM in the Morrissey Hall Archaeology Lab at Saint Louis University.

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Students may enroll for either or both courses.  For additional information, please contact Dr. Vermilion







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