Students sure to Dig Archeology Field Course

Published: May 19, 2010 | Read Time: 2 minutes

For some college students, summer vacation brings with it sunshine and swimming; for others, it brings odd jobs or internships. But for a few lucky students, the summer of 2010 promises a unique opportunity to blend business and pleasure in SUU’s Archeology Field School, a month-long course taught in the public lands of southern Utah.

Based in Kanab, this field course will turn students into the field crew of an archaeological survey of nearby public and private lands, including Zion National Park. Students participating in the course will learn various skills, including the ability to identify prehistoric artifacts, read topographic maps and conduct excavations of ancient prehistoric sites.

Considering the demands of archeological jobs, most often requiring extended travel, such an opportunity is rare for college students who must balance their extracurricular endeavors with course loads, budgets and homework. As a 5-or 2 ½-week intensive summer course, interested students can now experience the reality of the archeology and geology fields without sacrificing other academic endeavors that would be more challenging to balance during the standard school year.

This hands-on course is offered for 6 or 3 credits, beginning June 1 and lasting until July 2. The 6 credit option will last the entire 5 weeks while the 3 credit alternative will last 2 ½ weeks.

Slots are still available for students interested in taking the course.

While no prerequisites are required for the course, physical requirements of the work students will be doing recommend students be sufficiently fit to hike up to 5 miles per day and spend up to 8 hours per day in the sun. Students will be supplied with equipment and training, transportation, food and lodging through the duration of the course.

Interested students can find more information and a course application online or by contacting Dr. Emily Dean at 435-586-7865.

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