Upcoming Archaeological Field School

On May 21 through June 1, Courson Archaeological Research will be hosting an archaeological field school outside Perryton. Experienced leaders will guide participants through excavations and artifact processing in the field laboratory Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Several evenings there will also be brief lectures and hands-on presentations about the region’s history and archaeology. Although prior archaeological field or lab experience is desirable, it’s not required.

During the field school, excavations will take place at the Chill Hill and Eastview sites near the Canadian River. Chill Hill is a large village site from the Late Middle Ceramic period (A.D. 1415 to A.D. 1440). Its occupants were bison hunters who traded with New Mexico’s eastern Pueblos. Eastview is a small settlement from the Middle Ceramic period. It was attacked and destroyed around A.D. 1350.

Participants will learn a variety of techniques, which include identifying and exposing cultural features; mapping and recording artifacts, profiles, and features; coring; collecting specialized samples; photography; and water screening. Lab activities will include artifact identification, stabilization, and cleaning; cataloging; record keeping; and soil flotation.

The field school is limited to 20 participants, so be sure to apply early if you’re interested in participating. You may sign up as a volunteer or as a registered student. (Registered students can receive three hours of college credit.) If you would like to sign up as a student and receive credit, be sure to apply as soon as possible to begin the application process. For more info, visit the Courson Archaeological site, and to download an application, click here.


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