Field Schools

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One of the most important parts of a degree program in archaeology is learning proper excavation and field techniques. The anthropology program regularly offers field schools that provide hands-on learning for students passionate about archaeology. While working on sites in Minnesota and out-of-state, students receive intensive training in excavation techniques, recordation, and the analysis and interpretation of archaeological materials.

Past field schools have included a study of an Oneota village at the Sheffield Site near Stillwater, Minnesota, an exploration of prehistoric lifeways at the Bremer Site near Hastings, Minnesota, and an excavation of the Sylvester Manor Educational Farm on Shelter Island, New York.

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For more information about current and upcoming field schools, contact a departmental advisor.