Archaeology Field School

Colorado State University

2016 CSU Archaeological Field School: May 23 to July 10

2016 Archaeology CSU Field School Application

  • Application due on Friday, March 11, 2016
  • Please contact Jason LaBelle at or (970) 491-7360 for more information.

Our Archaeology Field School takes place each summer in various locations throughout northern Colorado.

This field school offers hands-on training in a variety of archaeological field methods and exposure to many types of sites focused around specific research goals. It is also an opportunity to learn valuable life lessons as students live in close quarters and must learn how to work together as a team.

The course begins with a week on campus, learning essential skills such as map reading and navigation with a compass and GPS, total station map-making and survey techniques. Next, students have a chance to apply those skills at various sites around Fort Collins, where the crew will work on survey, shovel testing, and other site recording tasks. The following work session in the mountains near the South Fork of the Saint Vrain River is where students will finish a block excavation of a 9,500 year-old camp site along with recording sites in the surrounding area. The final session allows the crew time to work in the high alpine country near Rollins Pass recording previously documented sites, surveying for new sites, and working on some of the game drive systems on the pass.

Check out our photos from the 2014 field school.