Field School Opportunities

2020 Field Schools

Archaeological Curation at Center for Archaeological Investigations' Repository in Carbondale, Illinois

Application deadline: April 3, 2020

Dates: June 28-July 25, 2020

The Curating Archaeological Collections field school offers intensive hands-on training working with pre-Columbian artifacts at the Center for Archaeological Investigations’ 9000 ftcuration center. Here you will learn skills that can be applied to a career in curation, museums, collections, archives, and of course, field archaeology, all while doing detective work to solve the many unpredictable issues that arise when rehabilitating old collections. Expect to come across one-of-a-kind and exemplary artifacts that few people have the opportunity to handle. You will walk away from this experience with a good working knowledge of how to care for, organize, and track collections on a large-scale, develop a base in prehistoric artifact identification, database use and design, and legislation governing collections management in the US (including NAGPRA). Field trips to regional museums and other repositories, visits to local archaeological sites and excavations, lectures, discussion, and optional weekend excursions into beautiful southern Illinois enhance this experience.

IU Field School (X480): Red Canyon Ranch, Shoshone National Forest, Wyoming

We offer an archaeological field school every summer: "Exploring Social and Historical Landscapes of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem." It takes place in the Red Canyon Ranch, Shoshone National Forest, and the Crow Reservation, which are located in northern Wyoming and southern Montana. A research focus on residential use of space and heritage management allows you to study domestic architecture at nomadic Crow and Shoshone archaeological sites and gain experience in map making, surveying, and excavation techniques. Admission is by application only.

Contact Professor Laura Scheiber for more information.

 Midwestern Archaeology Field School

The Midwestern Archaeology Field School, held in Lebanon, Illinois, focuses on the Pre-Columbian Emerald Mound center in the uplands surrounding Cahokia. Our students team up with the University of Illinois Urbana--Champaign’s Field School, led by Professor Timothy Pauketat, in order to investigate how and why these ancient people constructed their world, and to discover the secrets of religious practices in early Mississippian society. We seek to understand the creation and dispersal of the ancient Mississippian religion, as well as the role of immigrants from Indiana in that process.  

Contact Professor Susan Alt for additional information.

IU-AUCA Archaeological Field School in Kyrgyzstan

The Indiana University/American university of Central Asia (AUCA) Archaeological Field School offers you the opportunity to experience six weeks of immersion in the culture of a nation very different from you rown. You'll live and study with students from Central Asia with similar academic and professional interests. You will conduct research at Aygergel II, a Bronze Age site, located on the campus of the University of Central Asia in Naryn Province.

Contract Professor Anne Pyburn for more information.

Past Field School Opportunities


  • US-IL: Cahokia
  • UW-WY: Red Canyon Ranch, Shoshone National Forest
  • US-IL: Midwestern Archaeology Field School



GBL will not be running any field schools for summer 2017. Check below for other field experience opportunities:

  • IFR Cahokia, Illinois Field School
  • Singer-Moye mound site, University of Georgia
  • Bighorn Archaeology: Exploring Historical and Social Landscapes of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem


Faculty Curator Stacie King is offering the Oaxaca Anthropology Summer Program.

Dr. Jackson Njau offers a Geology and Paleoanthropology Field School in Tanzania. Applications are due March 15.

  • Six weeks summer field school at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania. The course is open to IU students and students from any U.S. university. This field course emphasizes hands-on experience in geology, anthropology and archaeology. The course will take students to various archaeological, geological and wildlife sites and explore the relationship between the Earth's systems, cultural landscapes and human evolution in natural environments.


Dr. Laura Scheiber will again offer students the opportunity to join her in Wyoming for a project entitled, Exploring Historical and Social Landscapes of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

  • Indiana University will again be offering its cooperative program in archaeological field methods for summer 2014, in the beautiful Absaroka Mountain range of Wyoming. This field school is a holistic, field-based program in the social history and human ecology of the Northwestern High Plains and Middle Rocky Mountains with a special emphasis on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. If you like camping, hiking, and archaeology, this field school is for you!