2019 Summer Field Projects

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Our Summer 2019 projects are now full. There is potential for spots to become available so please join the waitlist for any of the available projects below. We will notify you, in order of the waitlist, if a spot opens up.

Awatixa (Sakakawea) Village Session I

Fieldwork Dates: May 29-June 7
Location: Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, Stanton, ND
Project Type: Geophysics and Geoarchaeology
Description: Awatixa Village, also known as Sakakawea Village, is one of three major Hidatsa settlements preserved at the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site. The site is best known as the home of Sacagawea, who along with her fur trader husband and infant son, successfully led the Corps of Discovery across the Rockies to the Pacific and back in 1805 and 1806. During the first field session at the site PCRG, the National Park Service, and Minnesota State University – Moorhead will use ground-based lidar, photogrammetry, and a variety of cutting-edge geophysical techniques to document features and cultural deposits exposed in a terrace of the Knife River.


North Park Survey and Testing

Fieldwork Dates: July 8-13
Location: Jackson County, Colorado
Project Type: Survey and Testing
Description: PCRG will return to North Park for the second year of our multi-year collaborative research effort with the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests. North Park, the northernmost of the three large Colorado mountain valleys, is at an elevation of roughly 8800 ft and has archaeological sites ranging from the Paleoindian period through the Settler era, and includes numerous prehistoric camp sites and lithic quarries. Crews will work at previously recorded sites and carry out limited survey coupled with evaluative subsurface testing. Participants should expect moderate hiking/walking each day, along with camping in the mountains where evening temperatures can dip near freezing.


Awatixa (Sakakawea) Village Session II

Fieldwork Dates: July 21-August 3
Location: Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, Stanton, ND
Project Type: Excavation
Description: In mid-summer, PCRG, the National Park Service, and Oklahoma State University will return to Awatixa Village, home of Lewis and Clark’s guide Sacagawea, to further investigate the features and cultural deposits documented during the first session at the site. Fieldwork during the second session will focus on the excavation of selected slump blocks in the long cutbank of the Knife River. The crew will also document artifacts and other materials exposed on the slope below the cutbank.



Windy Ridge Site Documentation

Fieldwork Dates: August 16-22
Location: Grand County, Colorado
Project Type: Intensive Site Documentation
Description: Windy Ridge is a prehistoric quartzite quarry near the summits of Rabbit Ears and Muddy Creek passes, southeast of Steamboat Springs. The site was first documented in 1981 followed by excavations in 1993 by the CU Boulder archaeological field school. The site has over 180 pits where quartzite has been mined to make stone tools, possibly as far back as 10,000 years ago. Crews will be working away from the main quarry locale to evaluate locations with good potential for buried archaeological deposits in preparation for excavation on a future project. Participants should expect moderate hiking/walking each day, along with camping in the mountains where evening temperatures can dip near freezing.



Wind River Range High Altitude Survey

Fieldwork Dates: August 23-30
Location: Wind River Range, WY
Project Type: Survey
Description: In 2006, Richard Adams made the unexpected discovery of a prehistoric settlement at 11,000 feet in the northern Wind River Range. Since then an additional 20 villages and hundreds of smaller sites extending 11,000 years into the past have been recorded in the high mountains. These sites hold the potential for understanding cultural patterns across the mountains of Wyoming, shedding light on ancient subsistence and cuisine choices, and reconstructing ancient environments. The Wind River Archaeological Project, led by Project Directors Matt Stirn and Rebecca Sgouros, will continue to survey for new sites, re-record and investigate known villages, and investigate questions of environment, subsistence, and trade through innovative scientific techniques. Interested participants must be in good physical condition, comfortable with long days of hiking and camping at higher elevations, and able to maintain a positive attitude during inclement weather and buggy days.


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