Summer Field School in Historical Archaeology

19 May - 28 June 2014

The 2014 UNL Summer Field School in Archaeology will involve you in a range of field experiences
as part of historical archaeological projects throughout the Great Plains. You will dig, map, photograph, draw, catalogue, interpret, present, and earn 6 credits! All students are encouraged to apply for a Hubbard Fellowship, which will help defray the expenses of the field school.

Dr. Peter Bleed, 45 years experience in Great Plains and Japanese archaeology;
Dr. Matthew Douglass, 14 years experience in High Plains and Australian archaeology;
     Dr. Douglas Scott, 45 years of experience in battlefied archaeology; and,
     Dr. LuAnn Wandsnider, 35 years of experience in Central and High Plains and Roman archaeology.

I. Chickasaw National Recreation Area (s. Oklahoma) 19 May – 7 June

The town of Sulpher, Oklahoma was formerly a mecca for members of the leisured class who came to enjoy the springs here. Students will use test excavations to locate structures and learn more about past visitors.


II. Overland Trail (w. Nebraska) 9-15 June

The Overland Trail was a stagecoach and wagon trail across the American West during the 19th century. Students will help identify and evaluate some of the features along the trail, including the Coldwater Pony Express station.

IIIa. Fort Union (NE New Mexico)  8-27 June

Using systematic metal detection survey, students will help locate the 1862 encampment at Fort Union National Monument, Watrous, New Mexico of the first regiment of Colorado Volunteer Infantry (1st Colorado), the infantry regiment chiefly responsible for the Union victory at the Battle of Glorieta Pass, the most significant Civil War conflict in the American West.

IIIb. Homesteading Archaeology (central and NW Nebraska)  8-27 June

What can we learn about the ethnicity and class of families who homesteaded in Custer and Sioux Counties (Nebraska)? Students will learn about geophysical prospection and targeted test excavation to answer these and other big questions.

Field School participants will earn 6 credits in Anthropology (we will tell you which courses to register for). In addition to tuition and fees, students must pay a field school fee of $300, which covers transportation and related expenses.

Tuition and Fees (note: same rate applies for residents and non-residents)

Tuition and Fees (undergraduate 8 week session, 6 credits)

Transportation and Supply Fee



$ 300.00


 Applications accepted until 1 April 2014; acceptance letters issued 15 April 2014. You will need to make arrangements to pay the $300 fee 5 days after you are notified of acceptance into the field school.

Complete these forms and submit to:

Department of Anthropology

810 Oldfather

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Lincoln, NE  68588-0368

Application Form  

Hubbard Scholarship Application Form

Emergency Contact

Photograph Release


Questions? Contact:

Dr. LuAnn Wandsnider

810 Oldfather

Download Field School Brochure