The Field School in Archaeology focuses on the human history of the Southern Cumberland Plateau. The Plateau is internationally recognized for its biodiversity, containing some of the most biologically rich, temperate forests in the world. Within these forests and deep coves is a little known and highly diverse rich prehistoric and historic record of human land use.

Research projects include the study of prehistoric sandstone rock shelters and historic house sites of unknown origin. Past excavations recovered evidence of plants, animal bone fragments and tools from the hunter-gatherers of the Early Archaic as well as early horticulturalists of the Middle Woodland Period (ca. 9,000 to 2,000 years old).

Most summers we offer a six-week course that emphasizes survey and excavation techniques as well as the application of geophysical remote sensing. These non-invasive techniques are increasingly important in archaeology today.

Tuition and Fees change yearly but are generally at $3,000, All-inclusive for camping and work-week food
Prerequisites: None
Credit hours: Anthropology 357 for 6 credit hours
For more information, contact the Professor Dr. Sarah Sherwood.