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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206

Summer 2008

ANT f683N • Field Archaeology, Texas

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82655 MTWThF
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Course Description

LOCATION: Rogers Spring site, J.J. Pickle Research Campus, north Austin INSTRUCTION AND RESEARCH PROGRAM: The principal focus of the course will be instruction in the basic field techniques required both in cultural resource management and in more strictly research settings. Students will learn how to use a total data station, including downloading to a computer. Students will also learn how to lay out a grid and excavate small test pits that will help in evaluating the research potential of an archaeological site. Following this, students will learn the basics of excavation at a hunter-gatherer occupation site. Emphasis will be placed on sampling procedures, excavation techniques, collection of special samples, field laboratory procedures, documentation, and field assessment of findings as these relate to research objectives. There may also be some investigation of historic remains at the site. Upon successful completion of this course, a student should be able to find employment with any cultural resource management firm or institution. Rogers Spring site was partially excavated in 1933 and again in 1974 by the University of Texas. The site has a long record of occupation during the Archaic period, and it had a substantial historic component, though the extent of remaining historic and prehistoric is yet to be determined. CREDIT: ANT F662 Field Archaeology (Undergraduate 6 hours credit) ANT F683N Field Archaeology (Graduate 6 hours credit)

COSTS: Costs include tuition and applicable university fees HOUSING AND MEALS: Since this field school is in Austin, students are responsible for their own housing, food, and transportation to the site. The site is within one block of a UT shuttle stop (MCC) and is easily accessed. CONTACT: Darrell Creel at the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory, JJ Pickle Research Campus, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712 (512 471-6007, FAX 512 471-5973, email: or the Department of Anthropology (EP Schoch 1.106, 471-7532).


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