Rimrock Draw Rockshelter Field School Course Description
Rimrock Draw Rockshelter is a known stemmed point site near Riley, Oregon. The course will incorporate all phases of archaeological field investigation such as test excavation and elements of data recovery. Mapping with laser transit, site recording with GPS, and subsurface explorations with ground-penetrating radar may also take place. Mike Rondeau, a noted lithic analyst, will conduct a two-day workshop for all students. The field school runs from June 22 to July 31, 2015.
Instructor: Dr. Patrick O'Grady
Connley Caves Field School Course Description
The Connley Caves are very deep caves requiring meticulous excavation, note taking, and field form recording procedures. This process is extremely time consuming and field school students will spend the majority of time conducting data recovery level investigations in block excavation units. Jenkins works closely with all students discussing site formation processes, sampling techniques, local archaeology, and the study of first colonization of the New World. Perishable artifacts and human coprolites were recovered from this site during the 2001 field season. Recovery of coprolites this summer will provide students an absolutely unique opportunity to learn how to collect coprolites for ancient DNA analysis without contaminating them with their own modern DNA.
Instructor: Dr. Dennis L. Jenkins
These field schools focus on archaeological excavation methods. The initial days are spent in intensive field training with attendant lectures on the archaeology, environment, and ethnography of the Northern Great Basin region. Fieldwork sessions occupy approximately 8 hours each day, with some additional commuting time from the field camp to the excavation site or survey area.
The majority of the archaeology course is devoted to excavating at selected sites. Pedestrian surveys are also conducted to locate and record archaeological sites. Activities include instruction in excavation and survey techniques as well as archaeological record keeping and artifact processing in the field laboratory. Survey methods include development of observation skills, map reading, GPS usage, and note taking. The course generally involves about 20 students and 2 or 3 instructors and meets the rigorous field school standards of the national Register of Professional Archaeologists.
The setting in the Northern Great Basin offers a rich environment for studying late Quaternary climatic and hydrologic changes and the effects of these changes on vegetation cover, geomorphic processes, and soil development. In addition, the region has experienced the effects of volcanic eruptions, faulting, and wind action. The effects of these on the archaeology of the region is a major focus of discussions in the field training of our students.
Rimrock Draw Paleoethnobotany Field Class
Instructor: Margaret M. Helzer, Ph.D.
This three-week field class is designed to introduce students to methods associated with macrobotanical investigations at archaeological sites. Students will gain hands-on experience with collecting, processing and identifying seeds, charcoal and other plant remains preserved in the site. The PEB field class will be conducted in conjunction with the UO Archaeology Field School at Rimrock Draw Rockshelter, providing a rare opportunity for archaeology and paleoethnobotany students to work collaboratively in the field. The field class runs from July 6 to July 24
Rimrock Draw Geoarchaeology Field School
Instructor: Joe Collins
Students will learn to interpret the sediments that contain archaeological sites through hands-on experience. Students will learn to understand and record a site as a part of a larger geological landscape, by analyzing and recording the sediment structures and materials that make up archaeological deposits. The course will consist of three parts: hands-on field methods, lecture and reading assignments, and field-lab analyses spread over six weeks. Students will be expected to participate in field and lab work, do some basic reading, and attend lectures and meetings. The readings will be from one assigned text book and from hand-outs that will be provided.
Rimrock Draw Introduction to Lithic Technology
Instructor: Michael F. Rondeau
This two day workshop is designed to introduce the student to basic concepts of technological lithic analysis and the role of flintknapping by demonstrating a range of flaked stone technologies. This workshop will cover basic flake and flake scar attributes and provide hands-on opportunities to practice identification of these attributes. A review of common flake stone tool types and their diagnostic attributes will also be introduced. This workshop is designed to provide a beginning foundation from which the student can learn about the complexities of the prehistoric flaked stone commonly found in far western North America.
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