Topic ID #36809 - posted 3/7/2016 2:58 PM

2016 Coconino Field School in Arizona, 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: Coconino, Arizona, USA
Cost: $4,450
Course Dates: July 10 – August 6, 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.


The major objective of this field school is to prepare students for a career in cultural resource management (CRM) while conducting a typical small-scale CRM inventory and evaluation project.  The field school will take place on the Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff, Arizona.  The area has been home to people for many millennia and has a rich archaeological record that extends from the Paleoindian period (13,000-9,000 BCE) to the Historic period.  The region is best known, however, as the homeland of the Northern Sinagua.  This prehistoric tradition, centered in the Flagstaff area, was originally defined by Dr. Harold S. Colton of the Museum of Northern Arizona as the Sinagua culture, a cultural entity derived from Mogollon roots and influenced by interaction with other surrounding cultures.  Our research goals are to identify and evaluate any prehistoric and historic period resources that can contribute important information regarding past land use and settlement patterns in this area.  We will visit major Sinagua sites that have been significant in the development of the Sinagua concept and its major research issues, as well as weekend field trips to nearby National Parks and Monuments containing other well-known Sinagua sites in the region.

This field school will be taught by staff from Statistical Research, Inc. (SRI), one of the foremost CRM firms in the world. It is a partnership between the IFR, SRI and the Coconino National Forest.


Dr. Richard Ciolek-Torello
Dr. Richard Ciolek-Torello is Vice President for Research at Statistical Research Inc. 


Students will reside in an informal camp area at Elden Pueblo, on lands administered by the Coconino National Forest. Students should bring their own tents, sleeping bags, and air mattresses. Personal camp chairs and sun showers are also recommended. The field school will provide enclosed portable outdoor showers and portable toilets. A large tent will serve as the kitchen, dining hall, laboratory, and lecture hall. Facilities of the adjacent Flagstaff Ranger District offices will be available on an as-needed basis. The campground is located in the cool Ponderosa pine forest at approximately 7,000 feet above sea level, so a period of adjustment to the altitude may be necessary.

MEALS: All meals will be communal events and will provide plenty of nutritious food.  Specialized diets (vegetarian, lactose-intolerant, etc.) maybe supported, but staff must be notified in advance.


There are a number of airports that service the Flagstaff area. The airport nearest the project site is the Pulliam Airport (FLG) in Flagstaff. This airport is serviced by American Airlines from their Phoenix hub. Students traveling by air will be met by a staff member at the Pulliam airport. From there, they will travel to the Elden Pueblo campground, which is located 2 miles north of the Country Club exit on I-40 and about 1.5 mi north of the Flagstaff Ranger District offices at 5075 N. Highway 89, Flagstaff, AZ 86004.

Students traveling by car can reach the campground via Interstate 40 from the east or west, Interstate 17 from the south, and Highway 89 from the north.  There are signs on both sides of Highway 89 that indicate “Elden Pueblo Ruins”.  The parking lot for the site is on the west side of the highway, immediately before the stop light at the intersection of HW 89 and the Camp Townsend-Winona Road.  Make sure NOT to confuse the parking area for the Elden Trail head that is just a short ways past the Ranger Station.    

If you missed your connection or your flight is delayed, please call, text or email to the project director.  Local cell phone numbers and other emergency contact information will be provided to all enrolled students.

VISA REQUIREMENTS: This is a domestic program.  Students coming from universities outside the US must contact the IFR for US visa information.

HEALTH ISSUES: Please check with your medical professional about conditions in Illinois that may impact your health.  


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