Topic ID #36597 - posted 1/10/2016 10:38 AM

2016 Windwolves Field School in the USA


This field school is run by the Institute for Field Research. For any questions, please email or call us toll free at +1 (877) 839-4374. Institute for Field Research office address: 2999 Overland Ave. #103, Los Angeles, CA, 90064


Location: Bakersfield, California
Cost: $4,450
Course Dates: June 13 – July 17, 2016
Field School Website:

Attending students will be awarded 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter units) through our academic partner, University of California Los Angeles.

Tuition includes registration, accommodations, programs, meals on workdays, and health insurance. Airfare, weekend meals, and optional excursions are additional.


Located in the heart of interior South-Central California, the Wind Wolves Preserve lies at the interface between several rich habitats and contains some of the most spectacular examples of Native American paintings found anywhere in North America. Since 2005, we have been investigating rock-art, habitation, and special-purpose sites throughout this region. In 2016, we will continue this work throughout the preserve with particular focus on the only known Chumash Cache Cave having extensive perishable material remaining in situ. We will be conducting excavation both within and outside the cave in order to answer crucial questions about the function and meaning of this important site. Students will be introduced to a range of archaeological methods and practices, including portable XRF use and 3D laser scanning. 




David Robinson
Dr. David Robinson ( is Lecturer at the Archaeology School of Forensic and Investigative Sciences at the University of Central Lancashire (UK).
Julienne Bernard
Dr. Julienne Bernard ( is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at East Los Angeles College.


Students will be camping on the Wind Wolves Preserve. Students will share tents with 1 or 2 other students (unless they provide their own tent). The preserve campground has toilets and running water, but no showers. A sun shower will be provided. There will be limited access to electricity.  

MEALS:  On work days (Tue-Sat) and excursions, all meals will be communal events and will provide plenty of nutritious but basic food. Our dig chef will prepare hot dinners but students will prepare their own breakfast and lunch from supplies provided by the project. Students are responsible for their own meals on days off. Vegetarians may attend but will find options fairly limited. Other specialized diets (vegan, nut allergies, etc.) are difficult to maintain in this remote location but do contact us if you have any special requirements or allergies.



This course has three goals;

1) to introduce students to field methods in archaeology,

2) to provide a practical working knowledge of survey, excavation, portable XRF and portable Raman use, laser scanning (using a FARO 3D laser scanner), site mapping, artifact processing/post-excavation (i.e. lab work), and field cataloging methods, and

3) to appreciate the preservation and management of cultural and environmental resources in this case study on the 100,000 acre Wind Wolves Preserve. The course’s primary directive is to enable students to better understand how archaeology is practiced and interpreted in the field



Archaeological field work involves physical work in the outdoors. You should be aware that conditions in the field are different than those you experience in your home, dorms, or college town. This program operates in the central valley of CA. During the day, temperatures can reach above 100F. Because we will at times be excavating in a cave, students will work in semi-confined spaces, and thus this is not a field school for those with severe claustrophobia. The cave contains openings with steep drop-offs. We avoid and/or navigate these safely, but those with significant fear of heights have found difficulty working in the cave (there are plenty of ways to work comfortably outside of the cave, though, and students may opt out of cave work at any time). In order to be protected from the sun you must wear clothing that covers your shoulders and a hat. Sunscreen is also a must and sturdy, closed toe footwear are required. No sandals are permitted on site. Scorpions, spiders, and the occasional snake are encountered in the area. Living and working outdoors, we do encounter flies, ticks, bugs, and other pests. Valley Fever is a particular concern in this region and thus safety procedures must be followed when excavating or processing soils. For any medical concerns, please consult with your doctor. Other concerns may be discussed with the project directors – as appropriate.


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