Carroll College, Helena Montana
Archaeological Field School

Archaeological Field School

Carroll College 2014 Archaeological Field School

The annual Carroll College summer archaeological field school will be offered June 16-25, 2014, for 4 credits, either Social Science or Natural Science core credits. During the course of the summer, students will be introduced to the basics of archaeological field methods and research design directed through fieldwork on the local archaeological record.

Course Description

AN/SO 341: Archaeological Field School

June 16-25, 2014
4 Credits (natural science core or social science credits)
Lab fee $150.00 (covers food and equipment)
Capacity: 10 students
AN/SO 341 Syllabus

The Carroll College Archaeological Field School will introduce students to basic archaeological field methods and research design in one of the most beautiful settings in the western United States. The ten day class is designed to train students in the basics of archaeological excavation and survey techniques. Students will be camping for 8 days and will be expected to participate in camp activities (cooking, camp upkeep, etc). Students should be prepared for full days of digging and/or hiking, sometimes in remote areas. Students must provide personal camping gear.

Current Research

The 2010-2013 Carroll College Archaeological Field Schools focused on the excavation of local rock shelters dating to over 6,000 years old. Our research centers on paleoenvironmental change and human adaptation. Our research has monitored climatic variability and documented the environmental responses, such as changes in vegetation communities, animal populations, forest fire frequencies, sedimentation rates, as well as prehistoric human adaptation to those changing conditions.

Archaeology dig searches for ancient pollen

By Pat Hansen for the MT Standard

Darla (Lease) DexterMost people think of archaeology as the study of artifacts such as shards of pottery, tools, and arrowheads. However, an archaeological dig in 2011 at Beaver Creek Rock Shelter near Nelson, east of Helena, led Darla (Lease) Dexter to study pollen found at the site.

Dexter, a 1994 graduate of Powell County High School in Deer Lodge, became interested in archaeology while taking a Native American Studies class with Lauri Travis, at Carroll College in the fall of 2011.

Last May she joined archaeologist and anthropologist Travis and others for a two-week dig. The Beaver Creek Rock Shelter was used by Indian tribes for more than 2,000 years as a temporary shelter for two or three people at a time, so fire hearths, bones, shells and rock flakes chipped off during the shaping of arrowheads were found. Read more of this story