2020 Field School

2020 ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD SCHOOL  

 

Archaeological Field and Lab Techniques (ANTH/ESCI 4325/6325)

May 11 – 28, 2020

Archaeol Fld/Lab Techn – 54527 – ESCI 4325 – 052 (Cross-listed in Anthropology)

This is a Field Course being taught at Ames Plantation, Tennessee.

Department permit required. For permit information click here.

Instruction in field excavation, specimen preparation, use of survey instruments and photography, map making, archaeological record keeping; methods and techniques in archaeological laboratory analysis; emphasis on organization and supervision of laboratory procedures. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours credit.

PREREQUISITE: permission of instructor.

In order to register for the class, you must complete the application below. You must also pay the $200 materials fee at the Bursar’s Office and provide me with a copy of the receipt. You will then be issued a permit.

NOTICE: This course requires strenuous activity outdoors. Sorry, people with disabilities cannot be accommodated in the field.

2020 FIELD SCHOOL FLYER

2020 FIELD SCHOOL APPLICATION

SYLLABUS

DETAILS: For three weeks, Monday through Friday, we will be working at Ames Plantation located near Grand Junction, Tennessee. We have a University van for transportation to and from the site each day. We will be leaving just before 7:00 am and returning around 3:30 pm each day. The site is extremely remote and facilities are limited. There will be an orientation meeting prior to the start of the field school. For additional information, please contact me.

Map

 

Meet at Bryan Hall.  Cross bridge, come up hill on Burford Ellington Road, Bryan Hall will be on your right.  Lots of cars parked out front.

 

REMEMBRANCES OF FIELD SCHOOLS PAST

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2019 Field School

Clearing the plowzone off of series of buildings at Ames.
Updating the map of unit F1-U25.
Preparing to excavate the remains of three overlapping structures in unit F1-U25.
The crew on the front steps of the early 1800s Stencil House.
Excavation of intersection of multiple wall trenches.
Krista excavates a large central pit feature.
Excavation of a large pit.

2018 Field School

Excavation at the Drainage field site.

2017 Field School

2016 Field School

Three of my MS students in archaeology: Shelby, Chris and Ben.
Three of my MS students in archaeology: Shelby, Chris and Ben.

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At work in Field 100 on a farmstead site.

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The crew at the end of field work.

2015 Field School

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Ben and Shelby quarter-sectioning a feature.

 

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Excavation of a structure within block F1-U19.

 

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Troweling away at Ames

 

2014 Field School

 

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GPS mapping crew consisting of Charlie, James, and Gary.

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Excavation of block F1-U19, structures 2 and 3.

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Uncovering a pot in Feature 6, Structure 2.

 

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Starting magnetometry work at Field 100.

 

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Having a time at Parkin.

Over-priced lunch at Casey Jones after visiting Pinson
Over-priced lunch at Casey Jones after visiting Pinson

2013

Beginning the excavation of Structure 2 and Structure 3 at Ames.
Beginning the excavation of Structure 2 and Structure 3 at Ames.
Ben Cross marching the gradiometer across Field 100.
Ben Cross marching the gradiometer across Field 100.
Students excavating a large circular feature in front of Structure 1.
Students excavating a large circular feature in front of Structure 1.
Ben Cross and Karen Chaffin shoveling together.
Ben Cross and Karen Chaffin shoveling together.
The 2013 field crew after the "last lunch" at Las Delicias in Memphis.
The 2013 field crew after the “last lunch” at Las Delicias in Memphis.

2012

Excavation of large feature outside the palisade.
Excavation of large feature outside the palisade.
Excavation of large feature outside the palisade.
Lee Anderson stuck bailing out Feature 100 again.
A pensive Scott Hadley excavating a large central post feature in Structure 1.
A pensive Scott Hadley excavating a large central post feature in Structure 1.

2011

6 Students excavating interior features at Structure 1.
Students excavating interior features at Structure 1.
2011_5 Students excavating a wall trench.
Students excavating a wall trench.
2011_4 Lee Anderson excavating Feature 100, a large midden pit.
Lee Anderson excavating Feature 100, a large midden pit.
2011_3 Ames 2011 field school participants.
Ames 2011 field school participants.
2011_2 Charles McNutt excavating a portion of a wall trench.
Charles McNutt excavating a portion of a wall trench.
The completed excavation of Structure 1 dating to the late 13th Century.
The completed excavation of Structure 1 dating to the late 13th Century.

2010

Eric Goddard excavating a test unit over the palisade.
Eric Goddard excavating a test unit over the palisade.
2010 Field School Participants.
2010 Field School Participants.

2009

hool participants, 2009.
Field school participants, 2009.

2008

Test excavations on Mound B in 2008.
Test excavations on Mound B in 2008.
2008 Field School Participants
2008 Field School Participants

2007

Mound D excavations, 2007
Mound D excavations, 2007
Preliminary site visit, spring 2007.
Preliminary site visit, spring 2007.
Mapping through dense vegetation, 2007.
Mapping through dense vegetation, 2007.