Topic ID #26870 - posted 2/7/2013 9:18 AM

Eastern Washington University Summer Field School: Kalispel Indian Reservation in Usk, WA


Archaeological Field School

JUNE 24– AUGUST 16, 2013
8 Quarter Hours Credit 
Location:    Kalispel Indian Reservation and Tribal lands near Usk, Washington
Instructor: Dr. John T Dorwin

Limited to 12 students:  Enrollment will require an application process with final selection made by the instructor.  Applications will be made available on line or by writing to the instructor.  Successful applicants will be required to enroll for the entire 8 quarter hour course. Additional credit in the form of Independent Studies is available if needed to fill out load requirements for funding purposes. All equipment and supplies will be provided.  Each student will be required to keep a journal which will include field notes, photographs, notes on techniques and methods, interpretation ideas and comments as needed.  The journal should be detailed and extensive as it will be the basis for evaluation (grade). 

Housing and Dining:         
Accommodations are available in gender divided facilities which are very basic.  No charge will be made for accommodations. There are bunk beds in large open rooms.  Linens are not provided.  Sleeping bags are recommended with a liner or sheet which can be washed.  There are gender separated shower and toilet facilities.  No meals will be served.  There are limited cooking facilities in the accommodations which can be used on a co-operative basis.  Some pots and pans as well as dishes and flatware are available. Groceries are available in convenience stores and at Safeway in Newport. There are several restaurants in Newport, Usk and Cusick and limited transportation as needed.  There is a small laundromat in Usk.

The field school will be focused in the following areas:
Survey:  Students will learn probabilistic and non-probabilistic survey strategies along with electronic data recording in the use of GPS units. An approximate 90 acre island in the Pend Oreille River will be stratified and surveyed using pedestrian techniques and GPS mapping.  Map reading, compass skills, site form preparation and artifact recording and curation will be emphasized. Remote sensing technologies of aerial photography, lidar, resistivity and magnetometry will be undertaken at several sites for the purpose of learning how to use these as a means to discovering as much as possible before beginning the process of excavation.  This will involve extensive, hands on use of the equipment to learn its utility and its limits.
Excavation will take place at one or more sites which have already been identified and are being examined to determine eligibility for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.  The sites chosen for examination will be some combination of one or more of historic, protohistoric or prehistoric components. Techniques will include lay out and digging of excavation units, data recording, C14 sample collection, geoarchaeology, profiling, mapping, plotting and all of the myriad details of such work, including photography and instrument survey. Laboratory work will include processing of excavated remains and archiving of records for later analyses and report preparation. In general this will be accomplished during inclement weather.  Laboratory facilities will be housed in a large barn near the accommodations. Demonstrations and instruction will the place in the same place.

Instruction will be 8 – 4, four days each week.  Fridays will be reserved for reading and catching up on practicing techniques or undertaking special projects such as visiting other archaeological sites in the area.

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