Northern Great Basin Prehistory Project
Archaeological Field School
2017 Summer Session

The Northern Great Basin Prehistory Project field school is now accepting enrollment for the Summer 2017 field session, which runs from June 26 to August 4, 2017.

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Rimrock Draw
Rimrock Draw

In 2017, the University of Oregon Archaeology Field School will take place at two locations. From June 26 through August 4, Dr. Dennis L. Jenkins will be teaching archaeology field methods at Connley Caves. The Connley Caves site is composed of 8 caves and rockshelters located in the Connley Hills of the Fort Rock basin some 10 miles south of the town of Fort Rock. These caves were first professionally investigated by Stephen Bedwell who radiocarbon dated charcoal in a Western Stemmed cultural component to as much as 11,200 14C BP (13,000 calibrated years ago). Justin Holcomb of Boston University will be teaching a geoarchaeology field methods course concurrently at Connley Caves. The course requires enrollment separate from the archaeology field course.

Rimrock Draw Rockshelter is the site where Dr. Patrick O'Grady will also be teaching archaeology field methods from June 26 through August 4. Currently in the sixth year of excavation, Rimrock Draw is a modest rockshelter with deep deposits where an orange agate stone tool was recovered beneath a lens of Mt. St. Helens volcanic ash that dates to 13,000 radiocarbon years in age. Dr. Thomas Stafford will join the archaeology students for two weeks of instruction in geomorphological field methods. In addition to the archaeology course, Dr. Margaret Helzer will teach a three week Paleoethnobotany field course from July 10 through 28, and Dr. Jeanne McLaughlin will instruct a class on Field Taphonomy and Forensic Recovery methods from June 26 through July 14. These courses require enrollment separate from the archaeology field course.

Additionally, Katelyn McDonough will teach a two week/two credit course in archaeological laboratory methods that will be open to archaeology students from both sites. The course will offer instruction in cataloging, labeling artifacts, curation, and other aspects of collections management that are difficult to address under field camp conditions. This portion requires separate enrollment and runs from August 7 through 18.

The field school is now accepting applications for all sections of the Summer 2017 field season. The program is certified by the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA). RPA is the standard-bearer for appropriate archaeological field, laboratory, and reporting conduct.