Equipment List

Equipment List:

  • Common Sense!
  • 3 meter tape
  • Compass; an adjustable declination compass, such as a Silva Ranger
  • Digital camera
  • Water bottle: Have two (2) quarts MINIMUM per day
  • Daypack
  • Hand lens (10x is fine, large optic is helpful. Western's Bookstore on campus or rock shops carry them)
  • Plastic containers for your lunches. These protect your sandwiches etc. and keep trash down.
  • Watch
  • Binoculars (not for archaeology necessarily, but nice to have)


Recommended Clothing:

  • Sturdy work/hiking boots
  • Light weight, light-colored shirts and long pants (long pants are required in most field situations)
  • Rain jacket and pants
  • Hats (for sun & rain)
  • Bandana(s)
  • Polypropylene long underwear (bottoms are especially nice)
  • Work gloves
  • Gaiters (many students find these helpful during survey in dense underbrush)
  • PLEASE REMEMBER: Layers will keep you warm, and also allow you to cool off as needed.

Sundries to Pack Along:

  • Aspirin and Antihistamines
  • Bug repellent
  • Minor First-Aid items (such as moleskin and band-aids)
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Toilet paper (yes we do use the woods as our restroom)
  • Treatment for anaphylactic shock if you have severe bee or wasp allergy