The ISU Archaeological Survey Saturday Field School offers a unique educational and training experience in archaeological survey methods for both advanced undergraduate and graduate students. Students survey a variety of areas ranging from the deserts of the Idaho National Laboratory to the forests of Scout Mountain looking for archaeological sites, the remnants of past human use of the landscape and its natural resources. Students learn to document these sites in compliance with state and federal regulations, while also learning important aspects of archaeological science regularly practiced by professionals at the federal, state and local level. Please contact Professor Rick Holmer for more information.

The ISU Sanak Islands Project is a multidisciplinary team of anthropologists, archaeologists and ecologists on Sanak Island, Alaska. With the combined input of these specialists, prehistoric, historic and modern aspects of social change are examined, with the goal of investigating the long-term roles of humans within the ecosystem. Utilizing social, ecological and applied anthropology, cultural geography, and conservation biology, this project will study the phenomena of globalization through the linkage of historical processes and contemporary outcomes of the global-scale integration of indigenous peoples in the North Pacific. Please contact Professor Kate Reedy-Maschner for more information.

Ethnographic Filmmaking Courses in Australia provide training in all aspects of videography, lighting, sound and editing for student and professional anthropologists. Students become familiar with location shooting and using equipment in various weather conditions. The rigorous 1-2 week classes provide students with entrees into a large variety of cultural communities both in the beautiful and vibrant city of Melbourne and in outback and aboriginal communities throughout Australia. Students create short ethnographic films that are part of their on-going larger research projects. Other course offerings include systematic visual research methods where the most advanced techniques in visual analysis are taught. Please contact Professor Elizabeth Cartwright for more information.

The ISU Institute of Mesoamerican Research Archaeological Field School offers a unique experience in the remote Maya sites of the Mirador Basin in the northern department of Peten, Guatemala. The research encompasses one of the most exciting research projects on the ancient Maya, and is focusing on the origins, incipient dynamics, and collapse of Preclassic Maya civilization via a variety of multidisciplinary research endeavors. The Mirador Basin is home to one of the last tracts of pristine tropical forest left in Central America, and shelters dozens of ancient Maya cities dating to centuries prior to the time of Christ, many of which are now being explored and excavated for the first time.

The ISU Paleoindian Studies Archaeological Field School provides students with exciting opportunities in early North American archaeology in Idaho and Texas. This field project is focused on three archaeologically-important regions for the discovery and study of Paleoindian artifacts: l) surveying and testing high altitude spring sites in the Lone Pine area, Challis BLM district, central Idaho; 2) surveying old Pleistocene drainage contours at City of Rocks, southern Idaho; 3) excavating Clovis levels at the Gault Site, Texas. Please contact Professor Skip Lohse for more information.


Future Research Projects include:

Physical Anthropology and Museum Curation Field School, Rapa Nui (Easter Island). This research project is focused on the extensive skeletal collections held at the Museo Anthropológico Padre Sebastian Englert (MAPSE), Rapa Nui. This course—cross-listed through the University of Hawaii’s Archaeological Field School on Rapa Nui—focuses on the museum’s unique, geographically-identified human skeletal collection and involves theoretically-driven research questions in paleodemography, health, disease and nutrition and dietary reconstruction. Important aspects of this field school will involve documentation, preservation and databasing within the museum, as well as hands on study of skeletal material from this archaeologically-significant South Pacific island. Please contact Professor John Dudgeon for more information.

Geoarchaeological Research on the Armenian Plateau. This project will provide opportunities for graduate students to participate in the investigation of metal ore deposits on the ancient volcanic plateau of the Republic of Armenia in the Southern Caucasus Mountains of Eastern Europe, which will be utilized in identifying sources of copper used in copper and bronze production in the region during the Bronze Age and Early Iron Age. In later stages of research, this information will be used to target excavations toward the examination of broader social developments, including the rise of early states in the Caucasus in the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age. Please contact Professor David Peterson for more information.

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