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Summer 2003 Field and lab opportunities

Archaeology Camp for Kids Scheduled for Iowa
The Linn County Conservation Board will offer an archaeology camp for kids during the week of July 14-18 at its new Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning facility near Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Leah Rogers, archaeologist and architectural historian with Tallgrass Historians Inc. of Iowa City will offer participants exposure to site excavation as one facet of their week-long interactive experience. Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center opened in October 2002. It is a unique regional outdoor education center combining environmental and cultural education. Information is available via phone 319-892-6485 or email cons.edu@linncounty.org.

Univeristy of Alabama Museum Excavation to Resume at Frontier Boom Town
Experts with The University of Alabama’s Museum of Natural History will lead an archaeological expedition on a return trip to the state’s first territorial capitol at Old St. Stepherns to dig up new details about the boom town and how early settlers lived. Known as Museum Expedition, the camp will be held in four weekly sessions, June 8-July 2.

The program was first designed 25 years ago for high school students, teachers, and parents, but the Museum Expedition is now open to any history, science, or archaeology enthusiast who wishes to learn excavation techniques, lab procedures, and artifact identification. This year’s Expedition team will celebrate the program’s 25th year in Washington County, for the second year in a row, to investigate further the remains of Old St. Stephens, now a ghost town. During a brief three decades, beginning in the 1790s to its decline in the 1820s, Old St. Stephens was the location of a Spanish fort, an American fort and Choctaw Indian trading post, and the territorial capitol of Alabama.

The Museum Expedition offers high school students an opportunity to develop projects for science and social studies fairs, and with advance arrangements, students may also receive elective high school credit. Teachers who participate can earn University of Alabama continuing education units or professional development hours. To participate or to request more information, phone 205-348-7550, e-mail museum.expedition@ua.edu, or visit the web site at http://amnh.ua.edu.

Maryland Offers Summer Archaeology Course for Teachers
Montgomery College, the Maryland National Park and Planning Commission, and Montgomery County Public Schools plan to hold a one-week archaeology teacher-training program, July 14-18. The program includes opportunities to work one-on-one with an archaeologist to develop classroom lesson plans. For more information contact Tara Tetrault 240-888-6762 or tetraul@mc.cc.md.us.

Purdue Field School to Study Hopewell Enclosure
Purdue University is offering an archaeological field school from June 16-August 5. Investigations are planned at a 2,000-year-old Hopewell ceremonial center in southeastern Indiana, near the Ohio border. Major research objectives include mapping and documentation of this endangered but unstudied site. Emphasis will be on geophysical survey techniques, and traditional archaeological methods will also be covered. This is a 9-credit-hour class, and fees will include Purdue tuition, plus food and lodging expenses. For more information, email coonm@soc.purdue.edu.

Kansas Offers Archeology Training Program Field School
The 2003 Kansas Archeology Training Program field school will be held at the Claussen site in Wabaunsee County, Kansas, July 12–July 20. The Claussen site is a deeply buried, highly stratified, multi-component site exposed along a very steep cutbank. Judging by buried soils and associated radiocarbon dates, the early components at the site may be the material remains of people adapting to the end of the last ice age. A buried Middle Ceramic component is also exposed in the cutbank, and another ceramic culture is present in the plow zone.

The Kansas Archeology Training Program has a long history of introducing interested laypersons to the discipline of archeology. In addition to the field excavation, a field laboratory will be established to process recovered materials. Courses in basic excavation, lithic identification techniques, and Kansas prehistory will be offered for college credit or may be taken simply for personal edification. Survey of the surrounding area will be conducted to identify other archeological sites and to put the Claussen site into a larger context. Various evening programs offer additional educational and social opportunities. The program is open to participants 10 years and older. For further information, email the Kansas Anthropological Association at KansasKAA@netscape.net.

Passport In Time Takes Volunteers
Passport In Time, a volunteer archeology program sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, provides opportunities for the public to participate in archaeology and help preserve our national heritage. For details on the Passport In Time program, visit the web site at www.passportintime.com/. New listings are posted each March and September.