Topic ID #37744 - posted 12/2/2016 11:46 AM

US-AZ: Coconino Field Schools 2017 - Academic Credit through UCLA


Project Overview

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.

Program Director: Dr. Richard Ciolek-Torello  
Course Dates: July 9-August 5, 2017
Application Deadline: July 7, 2017
Tuition: $4,450
Credit: 12 UCLA credit units 

Students will reside in an informal camp area at Elden Pueblo, the site of a large 12th century Sinagua ruin, 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. Numerous hiking trails extend from the campground onto Mt. Elden and the adjacent San Francisco Peaks. 
All meals will be communal events and will provide plenty of nutritious food. Specialized diets (vegetarian, lactose-intolerant, etc.) can be supported, but staff must be notified in advance.

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