California, US: Catalina (Pimu) Island Field Archaeology Field School
Santa Catalina Island is an important hub for the intermingling of people and the exchange of ideas and objects. Surrounded by rich marine and lithic resources, Island people were contributors to an extensive trade network throughout southern California and the Southwest.
This field school provides students with a practical working knowledge of survey, excavation, lab and cataloging methods as well as the application of cultural resource and environmental law and policies within a land conservancy. All this happens while being immersed in 9,000 years of cultural history with lectures given by local experts, Tongva tribal members, and research professionals.
This program involves an application process. Student applications will be evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis. Archaeological work involves physical work in the outdoors. You should be aware that conditions in the field are different than those you experience in your home or college town. This program is located in an isolated outdoor environment. There is no electricity in camp or regular cell phone coverage. Temperatures may range from 60 to 95°F, so you should be prepared for both extremes with layering.
In addition, the environment includes steep mountains with island chaparral including cactus and poison oak. You will be required to engage in moderate to rigorous climbs. Please bring appropriate footwear and clothing to protect yourself. If you have any concerns, discuss them with your doctor and/or project director as appropriate.
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