Field School Opportunities

2019 Field Schools

US-IL: Cahokia

June 2-29, 2019

This field school will take place at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Collinsville, Illinois. Cahokia Mounds is located near modern day St. Louis, Missouri, and dates back to the 11th-14th century CE. It is the largest Native American city north of Mexico. Participating students will be a part of a new research project focusing on practices of earth-moving and modification in the creation and organization of social space in an urban environment.  This project targets a residential area between three aboriginal borrow-pit features (places from which soil was taken to build the earthen pyramids in the city). We will be excavating three features: an early residential house, a probable public or special-use building dating to the later part of Cahokia’s occupation, and a reclaimed borrow pit identified during the previous season’s excavations.  The overall project goal is to obtain a better understanding of the importance of earth and practices of earth-moving in a non-mounded landscape as it figures into residential and religious life during Cahokia’s formative years and its decline.


UW-WY: Red Canyon Ranch, Shoshone National Forest

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.


US-IL: 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.

Past Field School Opportunities


  • Bighorn Archaeology: Wyoming Field School
  • Anthropology Field Program in Italy (with IU Overseas Study)


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!