San Juan College – B-Square Ranch Field School
July 15, 2016

Butte Lightning
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 archaeology, and workshops on artifact and ecofact analysis are included. The 2016 excavation will continue with work on the great kiva at Point Pueblo, as well as testing of two or three other areas of the site. 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 288-001, is 9 hours of undergraduate-level Humanities credit. It can also be taken as ANTH 288-002, a 6 credit option. In addition, up to fifteen 3-credit ANTH 280-001 or 6-credit ANTH 280-002 internships are also available. Special requests may be made for a 4 or 5 credit internship, but these are granted on an individual basis.

The San Juan College Summer 2016 tuition rates are as follows:

New Mexico Resident – $46/credit hour-plus:

  • Either:
    • A flat fee of $77.50 for resident students taking 4 credit hours or less
    • A flat fee of $185.00 for resident students taking 4.1 credit hours or more
  • $0.75 student activity fee per credit hour

Non-Resident – $146/credit hour-plus:

  • Either:
    • A flat fee of $137.50 for non-resident students taking 4 credit hours or less
    • A flat fee of $305.00 for non-resident students taking 5 credit hours or more
  • $0.75 student activity fee per credit hour

In addition, all field school and intern students must pay an Equipment and Supply fee to help cover equipment, vehicle rental, supplies, and other miscellaneous costs. The Equipment and Supply fee is $300 for the 9 credit class, $200 for the 6 credit classes, and $100 for the 3 credit class.

Total tuition costs for the summer field school/internship including credit hour fee, flat fee, activity fee, and equipment and supply fee are:

New Mexico Residents
3 credit class = $317.75
6 credit class = $665.50
9 credit class = $906.75

Out-of-State or International Residents
3 credit class = $677.75
6 credit class = $1,385.50
9 credit class = $1,925.75

For students taking the course for a grade, the following attendance is required:

  • 9 credit class students are required to stay all six weeks of the field school
  • 6 credit class students are required to stay any four weeks or any 20 days
  • 3 credit class students are required to stay any two weeks or any 10 days

ANTH 288 field school student grades are dependent on class participation and a final exam. ANTH 280 intern student grades are dependent on field school participation and submission of an excavation summary report on a portion of the summer’s excavation. Materials for the report as well as report examples will be submitted to students subsequent to the end of the field school and they will have till August 9, 2016, when grades are due, to compile the report and submit it to Wheelbarger. The report must be 10 pages for the 3 credit class interns and 20 pages for the 6 credit class interns.

Interns are welcome to stay for the entire session, if they wish, whether they are taking the course for a grade or are auditing the class for no grade.

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. Students who have previously taken and paid for the field school or internship, are permitted to volunteer with no fees required.

Linda Wheelbarger must be contacted and permission granted prior to registering for either the ANTH 288 or ANTH 280 classes. Official registration does not begin until mid-April 2016.

Room and board will be the responsibility of the student. However, for the last five years most of the out-of-town students stayed at the Economy Inn in downtown Farmington where special rates were given to the students. That has worked out well and the Economy Inn has agreed to provide special rates again in 2016. In general, when sharing a motel room (includes microwave and refrigerator) with one or more students, motel room costs are $105-140 per week. Single room rates are $240 per week. 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