Archaeological Summer Field Program - ANTH 312

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ANTH 312 - Field Course in Archaeology, 12 Credits

June 21 – July 22, 2022

Application Deadline: April 15th, 2022

The Western Washington University Archaeological Field School is a five-week intensive program that will provide participants with hands-on experience in modern methods of archaeological data collection, analysis, interpretation, and collections curation.  The project is undertaken as an indigenous-led project in partnership with the Stillaguamish Tribe. The research goals, methods, and products of the program will forefront tribal priorities.

Participants in the program will gain practical experience in archaeological field methods and community-based participatory research. The program will cover all areas of field and analysis methods implemented in different sectors of archaeological practice.

The broader goal of the program is to foster a more open and inclusive approach to archaeology based on active partnership and respect for the sovereignty of indigenous peoples over their own past. 

Prerequisites: Introduction to Archaeology course or permission from instructor.

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Participants in the program will gain practical skills in the following areas:

  • Surface Survey
  • Shovel testing
  • Stratigraphic excavation
  • Laboratory collections curation and analysis
  • Cartography and orienteering
  • Geographic Information Science (GIS)
  • Remote sensing
  • Landscape archaeology and geoarchaeological methods
  • Communication and collaboration skills essential for Community-Based Participatory Research

Field School Contact

Jerald Ek, Senior Instructor, Department of Anthropology, Western Washington University


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Program Cost: $700.00 plus tuition

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