San Juan College – B-Square Ranch Field School
June 1 to July 10, 2015

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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.

Activities

Pots

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 2015 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. 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.

For New Mexico residents, the per credit hour fee is $46 plus an additional flat fee of $77.50 for students taking 1-4 credit hours or an additional flat fee of $185 for students taking 5 or more credit hours. For out-of-state or international residents, the per credit hour fee is $146 plus an additional flat fee of $137.50 for students taking 1-4 credits or an additional flat fee of $305 for students taking 5 or more credits. Per credit hour charges are reduced for students 65 and older. All field school 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 ANTH 288-001 field school, $200 for the 6 credit ANTH 280-002 internship, or $100 for the 3 credit ANTH 280-001 internship.

Total tuition costs for the field school including credit hour fee, additional flat fee, and equipment and supply fee are:

New Mexico Residents
3 credit hour ANTH 280-001 Internship = $317.75
6 credit hour ANTH 280-002 Internship = $665.50
9 credit hour ANTH 288-001 Field School = $906.75

Out-of-State or International Residents
3 credit hour ANTH 280-001 Internship = $677.75
6 credit hour ANTH 280-002 Internship = $1,385.50
9 credit hour ANTH 288-001 Field School = $1,925.75

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

  • 9 credit hour ANTH 288-001 students are required to stay all six weeks of the field school
  • 6 credit ANTH 280-002 students are required to stay any four weeks or any 20 days of the field school
  • 3 credit ANTH 280-001 students are required to stay any two weeks or any 10 days of the field school

ANTH 288-001 field school student grades are dependent on class participation and a final exam. ANTH 280-001 and ANTH 280-002 intern student grades are dependent on field school participation and submission of an excavation summary report on a portion of the summer’s excavation. As defined below, materials for the report will be submitted to students subsequent to the end of the field school and they will have till August 10, 2015 when grades are due to complete the report and submit it to me. The report must be 10 pages for the ANTH 280-001 interns and 20 pages for the ANTH 280-002 interns.

Interns are welcome to stay for the entire session if they so desire whether they are taking the course for a grade or are auditing the class with 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.

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 2015. Room and board will be the responsibility of the student. However, for the last four 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 2015. 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
wheelbarger@sanjuancollege.edu