Iowa Lakeside Lab
Archaeological Field School
June 16 - July 11 2014
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To register (and for more information): www.lakesidelab.org
The 2014 Lakeside Laboratory archaeological field school will continue on-going research efforts in the Iowa Great Lakes region including excavations at the Milford Oneota site and possibly a Woodland site at Mini-wakan State Park. Previous Lakeside Laboratory summer archaeological field schools have investigated late prehistoric/protohistoric Oneota tradition sites since 1995, recovering large assemblages of diverse materials including arrow and spear points and other stone tools, decorated ceramic sherds, copper fragments, bison bones and other faunal remains, worked catlinite, glass trade beads, and a gun flint. Features related to semi-subterranean houses, hearths, and storage pits are preserved.
Participants will be introduced to the essential methods of field archaeology including artifact identification, site mapping, excavation techniques, artifact processing, and beginning analytical methods. The field school will include lectures on Iowa Archaeology and the culture history sequence of western Iowa as well as day trips to the Sanford Museum in Cherokee, Iowa and the Dixon Oneota site, as well as the Blood Run National Historic Landmark, Jeffers Petroglyphs, and Pipestone National Monument.
Students will participate in class activities from approximately 7:45 AM to 4:30 PM M-F, with lab or lecture activities up to two evenings per week. Weekends are free for touring as desired or enjoying the fun and sun of the Iowa Great Lakes region.
Prerequisites: This is an introductory level courseóno prior experience is required.
Equipment: Equipment: This is a field course so be prepared to be outside all day. Sunscreen, hat, and good footwear (no open toe sandals) are required. Excavation and surveying equipment will be provided.
Assignments: As this is primarily a field course, excavation and mapping notes as well as recording of general observations while digging will be required. Excavation and lab processing forms will also be completed by field school participants. No formal tests or writing assignments are required beyond the field notebooks (which will include building an annotated bibliography from pertinent source materials provided by the instructor).
Texts: There is one required text for those signing up for the full four-week session.(I recommend a used copy from Amazon.com): Hester, Thomas R., Harry J. Shafer, and Kenneth L. Feder. 1997. Field Methods in Archaeology. 7th Edition. Mayfield Publishing Company, Mountain View California. [ISBN No.: 1-55934-799-6 paperback]
Field trip fee: $64
For more information, please contact: John F. Doershuk, Ph.D. University of Iowa 319/384-0751 firstname.lastname@example.org
Undergraduate*: est. $280/credit hour ($60/hr Graduate)
(4 required) = $1120 (resident tuition rate applies even if student
is not an Iowa resident).
Plus housing (room/board) = $195 to $379/week depending on type
of unit (see Lakeside website
link, also below)
Full housing scholarships availible, apply ASAP!
Plus books (see below) and basic field supplies = $100 (likely
minimum, depends on amount purchased)
Plus transportation to Lakeside at beginning and end of course (Student responsibility).
Plus a $64 fee to cover local transportation (daily access to site and
field trips) for the course.
*Note: Lakeside Lab credit is typically transferable to most
institutions of higher learning; check with your Registrar for
applicablity and procedures. Tuition estimated based on University
of Iowa rates.
Introductory level course--no prior experience is required.
This course is participatory and experiential by design-excavation
and mapping notes as well as recordation of general observations
while digging will be required. Excavation and lab processing
forms will also be completed by course participants. Each participant will also create an annotated bibliography based on reading material available at the lab. No formal
tests or writing assignments are required beyond the field notebooks.
John F. Doershuk, Ph.D. State Archaeologist
and Adjunct Assistant Professor,
Office of the State Archaeologist
University of Iowa
700 South Clinton Street
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1030
319/384-0751 (office phone)
Students will participate in class activities from approximately
7:30 AM to 4:30 PM M-F, with lab or lecture activites two evenings
per week. Weekends are free for touring as desired or enjoying
the fun and sun of the Iowa Great Lakes region.
There is one required text (consider buying used from Amazon.com):
|Hester, Thomas R., Harry J. Shafer, and Kenneth
L. Feder [ISBN No.: 1-55934-799-6 paperback]
||1997 Field Methods in Archaeology. 7th Edition.
Mayfield Publishing Company, Mountain View California.
Handouts that compliment the instructional topics will also be
register (and for more information): www.lakesidelab.org
Text by John Doershuk; photos by General Contracts Program.
Updated by John Doershuk 2/27/14
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