Summer Field Projects

PCRG membership is not required to participate in field projects but members do receive priority in the selection process. If you are not already a member and would like to be notified about project announcements please consider joining PCRG here. There is no cost to participate in a PCRG project.

The dates listed for each project are the fieldwork dates. If participating in the entire project, plan to arrive the afternoon of the day prior to the fieldwork start and depart the day after the fieldwork ends. For example, a project running June 14-18, you would arrive the afternoon of June 13 and plan to leave the morning of June 19.

2022 PCRG Projects

Chancellor Ranch Survey

Fieldwork Dates: May 26-June 1 (travel not included)
Location: Las Animas County, Colorado
Project Type: Survey
Description: Located adjacent to the archaeologically-rich Pinon Canyon Maneuver site, Chancellor Ranch is a 50,000+ acre property recently acquired by the Colorado State Land Board. This year begins what is planned to be a multi-year research effort on the property. Crews will conduct targeted survey of previously identified areas believed to contain a variety of archaeological resources. Participants should expect 6-8 hours of walking per day over moderate terrain with hot temperatures possible. Participants will camp around a ranch house on the property that has some amenities we will use. More details will be available with the application.

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Peeled Ponderosa Pine Documentation

Fieldwork Dates: June 20-23 (travel not included)
Location: San Juan National Forest, Pagosa Springs, CO
Project Type: Survey and Documentation
Description: The southern foothills of the San Juan Mountains in southwest Colorado—especially in the headwaters of the Piedra River—harbor extensive groves of bark-peeled ponderosa pines. Peeled ponderosas, also known as cambium trees, reflect Indigenous American harvesting of forest products for food, medicine, and craft production. PCRG’s 2021 peeled tree documentation project continues work begun in 2018. Participants will camp in a semi-dispersed camp spot near the project area.

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Wickiup Documentation in North Park

Fieldwork Dates: July 8-14 (travel not included)
Location: Jackson/Routt County, Colorado
Project Type: Survey and Testing
Description: PCRG will return to North Park for the fourth season 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. This season we will intensively record one or more wickiups (Aboriginal wooden features), possibly conduct limited test excavations, metal detection, and survey. Participants should expect moderate hiking each day, along with camping in the mountains where evening temperatures can dip near freezing.

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This year we are again partnering with Scott Dersam and his team for the Beartooth Ecosystems Alpine Archaeological Research (BEAAR) Project in the Beartooth Wilderness of Montana. This project begins in August and has three separate sessions. The sessions will involve extensive hiking at high-altitudes for the duration of each session. Please consider your own abilities prior to applying to this project. More details on each session and contact information is in the project description below.

BEAAR Project

Fieldwork Dates: (three different sessions) August 1 to 8; August 11-18; August 20-26
Location: Beartooth Mountains, Montana
Project Type: Survey and Testing
Description: PCRG is again partnering with Scott Dersam for the Beartooth Ecosystems Alpine Archaeological Research (BEAAR) project for the 2022 field season. The BEAAR project will be hosting three separate field sessions, all in the High Lakes region of the Beartooth Wilderness of Montana, at elevations between 2900 and 3900 meters (9,500–10,150 feet) above sea level. This high elevation ecosystem hosts evidence of ancient activity spanning the Holocene from ~10,000 calYBP in the Late Paleoindian to the contact period no more than 250 years ago. Crews will focus on new site recordation and pedestrian survey, as well as revisiting previously recorded sites for further analysis, excavation, and documentation. More details about the project and each session can be found here. Volunteers should be prepared for hiking at high elevations and possibly in inclement weather. Please consider your own abilities when applying for this project. Space is limited and not all applicants will be selected.

More details here. Please contact Scott Dersam with any questions and to apply for this project.

Covid-19 Information

All project volunteers and staff are required to have a Covid-19 vaccination in order to participate. This will not only protect the project participants but also will protect the integrity of the project. We respectfully ask you to stay home if you are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms prior to coming to the project.

We have developed a comprehensive list of Covid-19 protocols to ensure the safety of all participants. These are subject to change and some things, such as carpooling from camp to the project, will be determined on a project-by-project basis. Please contact Chris Johnston with any questions about the application process or our Covid-19 safety plan.

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