Together with Crow Canyon researchers, you’ll conduct analysis of artifacts collected from the Basketmaker Communities Project, reanalyze artifacts collected from well-dated Basketmaker III period sites in the region, conduct surface surveys of a well-preserved Basketmaker III period settlement cluster located in the study area, and complete excavations of Basketmaker III period households and public architecture within the study area.
Most days, you’ll arrive at the dig immediately after breakfast and spend much of the day working with hand trowels, brooms, buckets, and screens to remove and identify artifacts and other archaeological finds. Your work may focus on the excavation of Basketmaker III period homes, middens (trash deposits), and the great kiva (the central structure that served as a gathering place for the community). In addition to excavation, you may help with remote sensing surveys that identify likely areas of archaeological significance. Remote sensing tools are used to identify features that may have been overlooked by standard survey techniques.
Back at the laboratory, you’ll assist with washing, sorting, cataloging, and labeling objects such as pottery, lithics (stone tools), animal bones, and other forms of material culture. In the evenings, you’ll attend programs, including an introduction to research at Crow Canyon, presentations by staff archaeologists, and guest lecturers on current research in Southwestern archaeology.
Note: Field conditions and research needs can lead to changes in the itinerary and activities. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.