San Juan College – B-Square Ranch Field School
June 9 to July 18, 2014


Needle Rock

Project Overview

The Totah Archaeological Project Field School is being offered and supported by San Juan College in partnership with Tommy Bolack and the B-Square Ranch. The goal of the project is to provide archaeological educational opportunities for San Juan College students, local community members, and visitors to the region, and to contribute to research on the Anasazi culture in the Totah area.



Participants in the six-week field school session will receive instruction in archaeological excavation, survey, mapping of sites using both compass and tape as well as with hand held GPS data downloaded to GIS software, and laboratory processing of recovered cultural materials. Tours of local sites, as well as lectures on southwestern archaeology and contract archaeolology, and workshops on artifact and ecofact analysis are included. The 2014 excavation will continue with work on the great kiva at Point Pueblo. Point Pueblo is a Chacoan great house community with a great house and great kiva. The site dates to the AD 850-1300 time period and is located on the south side of the San Juan River immediately to the south of the city of Farmington, New Mexico.

Admission and Costs

Field school participants will be limited to 24 individuals. The Archaeological Field Methods class, ANTH 288, is 9 hours of undergraduate-level Humanities credit at $55.75 per credit for in-state students (includes the $14.75 per credit student fees) and $130.75 per credit for out-of-state students (includes the $25.75 per credit general student fee). Also, ALL field school students must pay an additional fee of $200.00 that is charged to help cover equipment, vehicle rental, and supply costs. Thus, total tuition cost for the field school is $701.75 for in-state and $1,376.75 for out-of-state students.

Up to fifteen 3-credit ANTH 280 internships are also available this summer for the same per credit cost as shown above but with NO additional equipment fee. Thus, total cost for the internship is $167.25 for in-state and $392.25 for out-of-state students. Intern students will be required to complete 80 hours of work (two weeks) at the site or in the lab and are required to write a journal and submit a 10-page report on the 2014 excavation. This will be completed in the weeks after the field school session once Wheelbarger has emailed the pertinent 2014 information to the interns. Deadline for submitting that report will be the end of the summer 2014 session on August 11. Special requests may be made for a 4, 5, or 6 credit internship, but these are granted on an individual basis. All interns are welcome to stay for the entire session if they so desire.

People interested in attending the field school as a volunteer may sign up as an intern auditing the course and thus can attend any part of the session but are not responsible for any course requirements.

Linda Wheelbarger must be contacted prior to registering for either the ANTH 288 or ANTH 280 class and official registration does not begin until mid-April 2014. Room and board will be the responsibility of the student. However, for the last three years nearly all of the out-of-state students stayed at the Economy Inn in downtown Farmington where special rates were given to the students. That worked out well and the Economy Inn has agreed to provide special rates again in 2014. In general, when sharing a motel room (includes microwave and refrigerator) with one or more students, motel room costs are $90-125 per week totaling $540-$750 for the six week session or $180-$250 for ANTH 280 students who only stay for two weeks. Board (food) costs are dependent on the student, but $100 per week is a good, although relatively minimal, estimate.

For further information and application

San Juan College Cultural Resources Management Program
4601 College Blvd., Farmington, New Mexico 87402

Linda Wheelbarger
Telephone (505) 320-1834