[OR_Archaeology] Fwd: 2010 Archeological Field School Opportunity
susan.white at state.or.us
Tue Feb 9 10:16:25 PST 2010
For all you "Fargo" movie fans and/or those desperate for a field school this summer---
>>> Mike Jackson <michael.jackson at UND.EDU> 2/9/2010 8:43 AM >>>
Hello all (and apologies for cross-posting),
Please feel free to share this information with your students, colleagues, and anyone else who might have an interest.
The Department of Anthropology, University of North Dakota, invites students to attend its Archeological Field School in the summer of 2010. The six-week field class is scheduled for 24 May through 2 July 2010. The course is being offered in cooperation with the National Park
Service. The field school will be held at the Elbee and Karishta sites, located within the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, Mercer County, ND. This National Historic Site was established in 1974 to preserve over 50 archeological sites located near the mouth of the
Knife River in west-central North Dakota. The Elbee Site is a multi-component site that contains as many as eight cultural components, the most prominent being a Plains Village occupation dating to A.D. 1520-1630. The site was recently damaged by high water and ice flows in the Knife River, which has exposed features and artifacts along the entire length of the site. Two archeological features are presently hanging out of the cutbank and are slated for excavation this summer. The goal of the 2010 will be salvage as much archeological information as possible, before the features and other parts of the archeological deposit are lost to future erosion.
A geophysical survey of the Elbee site will occur before the field school, in advance of the NPS Midwest Archeological Center's Geophysical/Archeological Prospection Workshop. Our students will have the opportunity to observe the workshop and gain exposure to this ever
expanding field of archeology. Students will receive hands-on training and experience in the traditional areas of archeological research: the use of different kinds of field equipment and techniques for excavation and artifact recovery, site mapping, documentation, and record keeping. Use of modern electronic mapping techniques and instruments will be demonstrated, including an electronic total station and global positioning system (GPS) receiver.
Field school students will have the opportunity to conduct excavations at the Karishta site, a nearby archeological site within the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, which has also been affected by river erosion. If time permits, students will have the opportunity to do
archeological survey work elsewhere in the Knife River drainage of western North Dakota.
For more information and application materials, please visit our website:
Thank you for your consideration.
Michael A. Jackson, M.A.
Associate Research Archeologist
University of North Dakota
Babcock Hall Room 301
236 Centennial Drive Stop 7094
Grand Forks ND 58202-7094
michael.jackson at und.edu
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