Archaeology Field Schools

Uncover the story of the First Americans. 
2018 field school student at work
Oregon has deep stories to tell about North America's First Peoples. Join the Museum of Natural and Cultural History for a summer field experience in Oregon's Northern Great Basin region, home to some of the continent's oldest cultural sites.

The museum will offer 2019 field schools at two sites:


ANTH 408 / 508: Archaeology Field Methods 
June 24 through August 2

Archaeologist Dennis Jenkins helped put Oregon on the Paleoamerican map with his field research at the Paisley Caves, one of the earliest human occupation sites in North America. This summer, he'll lead a six-week archaeology adventure at the Connley Caves, a site containing 10,000- to 13,000-year-old artifacts. With Jenkins and Texas A&M archaeologist Katelyn McDonough, students will gain hands-on experience in excavation and sampling while delving deep into the area's archaeology, ethnography, and ecology through lectures and discussions. 8 credits 

ANTH 408 / 508: Geoarchaeology Field Methods 

June 24 through August 2

Concurrently at the Connley Caves, Justin Holcomb of Boston University will teach a geoarchaeology field methods course, exploring how earth sciences can inform archaeological practice. Learn how to document stratigraphy, interpret site formation, and use high-resolution archaeometric analyses over the six-week excavation. 8 credits 

Students may not participate in both Connley Cave courses simultaneously. Apply today. 
Questions? Contact Dennis Jenkins: | 541-346-3026 


ANTH 408 / 508: Archaeology Field Methods 
June 24 through August 2

UO archaeologist Patrick O'Grady specializes in Paleoamerican studies in the Western United States. Join him for this six-week field experience at Rimrock Draw Rockshelter, a site that recently produced what may be the oldest stone tool west of the Rocky Mountains. Learn survey, excavation, and mapping techniques and explore the region's natural and cultural history through lively on-site lectures and discussions. In addition, artist-in-residence Nancy Pobanz will guide you deeper into the story of the Great Basin as you create your own artwork with locally-collected mineral pigments. 8 credits 

Apply today. Questions? Contact Pat O'Grady: | 541-346-0671 

At either site, graduate and undergraduate students can earn eight University of Oregon credits while learning excavation techniques and methods within the context of professional ethics. Intensive field training is integrated with lectures on the archaeology, environment, and ethnography of the Northern Great Basin region to impart a thorough understanding of how excavation is conducted and the historic information it reveals.

Enrollment is now open for summer 2019. 
Space is limited and partial scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Apply for the 2019 field school at Connley Caves, led by archaeologist Dennis Jenkins. Questions? Email or call 541-346-3026.

Apply for the 2019 field school at Rimrock Draw Rockshelter, led by archaeologist Patrick O'Grady. Questions? Email or call 541-346-0671.

Field sessions are open to graduate and undergraduate students. Post-baccalaureate students may register for graduate credit even if they are not yet enrolled in a graduate program. 

2019 Course Fees: 
ANTH 408/508: Archaeology Field Methods at either site: $3650.00 
ANTH 408/508: Geoarchaeology Field Methods at Connley Caves: $3650.00 
ANTH 401/601: Archaeology Lab Methods at UO: $1500.00 

A course fee of $3650, for both in-state and out-of-state students, covers tuition, field transportation, and food. Most tools and other materials are provided for the course. Students are required to bring expendable equipment (including a towel, measuring tape, and level) costing approximately $60. 

Health and accidental insurance is required for all students. For those who do not have it already, coverage for the period of the course can be obtained through the university at the time of registration for about $445. You may call 541-346-2770 for insurance information.