2010 ISU Field School in Historical Archaeology
Cherokee Towns in the Time of Spanish Contact
May 31 -June 25, 2010
Explore the early history of East Tennessee. Learn techniques of survey,
excavation, and artifact analysis in this six credit archaeological field
Eastern Tennessee may have been visited by Hernando DeSoto in 1540 and Juan
Pardo in 1567 as part of the Spanish colonization of the New World. Even
though this colonial encounter was brief, it had profound effects for the
indigenous inhabitants of this region, the ancestors of some of today's
Cherokee. This project will explore the natural and cultural landscape of
East Tennessee in the early historic period to better understand what the
Spanish referred to as the Chiscas.
The 2010 season will be devoted to survey, mapping, excavation, and artifact
analysis of contact period (Qualla phase) sites in the Nolichuckey valley in
the vicinity of the modern settlements of Greeneville, Telford, and Jonesboro,
Tennessee. Lectures will include discussion and analysis of the Spanish chronicles
related to DeSoto's and Pardo's explorations, other sources concerning Cherokee
history,and examples of Cherokee archaeology. This project is carried out
in close collaboration with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and is
funded in part by the ECBI Tribal Historic Preservation Office
This course earns six undergraduate or graduate credits from Illinois State
University. Students can usually transfer these hours toward a graduate or
undergraduate degree program. Students should inquire about credit
transferability with their degree granting institution. All students are
required to keep a journal documenting field and lab work. Students will
also contribute to the field school blog. The course will culminate in a
public presentation of student research to the community of Cherokee, North
COSTS (subject to change)
Room and Board: $1300.00
Includes lodging, local transportation, excursions, and weekday lunches.
Students are responsible for all other meals.
Tuition & Fees (6 Credit hours)
ISU students: see tuition schedule
NON-ISU students: $2041.00
Incidental Fee (supplies, field trips)
ALL STUDENTS: $75
Please send a letter or email to Dr. Sampeck at the address below. In your
letter, indicate why you would like to take the course and include the names
and phone numbers of two references.
April 1, 2010
Please direct all inquiries to :
DR. KATHRYN SAMPECK (Project Director)
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Campus Box 4660
Schroeder Hall 335
Normal, IL 61790
ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY
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Mohegan-UCONN Archaeological Field School
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Sponsored by The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut and the University of
The federally recognized Mohegan Tribe is conducting ongoing
research into its long history in eastern Connecticut, particularly on
the Mohegan Reservation in Uncasville, Connecticut (est. c.1671).
As part of the process of investigating present and former tribal lands,
the Mohegan-UCONN Archaeological Field School engages in
archaeological research at pre-European contact sites as well as
early historic sites and reservation-era sites. The Mohegan field
school, now in its sixteenth year, works under the direct supervision
of members of the Mohegan Tribe Cultural and Community Programs
Department as authorized by the Mohegan Council of Elders.
Students participate in systematic subsurface testing, block
excavations, and artifact processing. We also explore the historic
and contemporary relationships between archaeologists and Native
Americans through speakers, lectures, and the daily experience of
working on the Mohegan Reservation. Together we are helping to
build a new basis of cooperation and partnership between tribe and
community as we explore the past for future generations.
The relationship between Native Americans and archaeologists has
traditionally been fraught with tension and conflicting goals. The
mission of this archaeological field school is to rectify this discord.
We practice a form of applied archaeology and community based
research sometimes called Covenantal Archaeology. We pursue and
serve the research goals and objectives of the Mohegan Tribe. Our
students, including Mohegans and members of other tribes, help
demonstrate how archaeology can contribute to contemporary Native
communities and encourage trust, responsibility, healing, education,
confidence, and pride.
During the course students will learn the basics of archaeological
fieldwork, from survey and testing to more intensive excavation
methods and interpretation. Most of the course is comprised of
archaeological fieldwork at Mohegan sites, or land that is of historic
importance to the tribe. Most years, students experience the
opportunity to excavate at both pre- and post-European Contact sites.
In addition to the fieldwork, students will be responsible for attending
guest presentations, completing assigned readings, maintaining a
journal, and participating in occasional evening discussions.
Distinguished speaker lectures, mostly representatives from regional
Indian tribes, are held throughout the course. Students are required
to take careful notes on all guest presentations.
2010 MOHEGAN-UCONN ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD SCHOOL
Course Number: ANT 3090.11 PRA. Class # 1679
Academic Credit: Six Credits
Location: Uncasville, Connecticut.
Research: Mohegan Reservation (est.1663)
Experience Required: None
Previous Coursework Required: None
Dates: June 21-July 30, 2010
Fees and Registration: The cost of the 6-week, 6-credit field school
Summer Session courses are paid on a per-credit basis @$300/credit
hour, and include an enrollment fee of $45 (non-degree students pay
a $65 enrollment fee).
Registration is through the Office of the Registrar:
www.summersession.uconn.edu. Non-degree students register through the
Center for Continuing Studies: www.continuingstudies.uconn.edu.
A lab fee of $50 is also required as a check made out to UCONN. Housing is available.
Contact Elaine Thomas at (860) 862-6393 for more information regarding
housing and cost.
Craig N. Cipolla, Field School Director
Department of Anthropology
University of Pennsylvania
Archaeological Field Supervisor
To request a field school packet required for registered students
Elaine Thomas, Archaeology Coordinator
The Mohegan Tribe
Cultural and Community Programs Dept.
5 Crow Hill Rd.
Uncasville, CT. 06382
(860) 862-6393 (phone)
(860) 862-6395 (fax)
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