University of Oregon Connley Cave Field School 2017


The University of Oregon 2017 field school at the Connley Caves site is posed to be particularly exciting. Excavation of multiple units within Cave 4 will begin in late Pleistocene sediments (12,000 to 13,000 cal BP) containing significant quantities of artifacts, bone, and charcoal. We are seeking attentive, dedicated students particularly interested in the peopling of the Americas and early hunter-gatherers of North America. Dr. Dennis Jenkins, one of North America’s most widely recognized archaeologists investigating First American (pre-Clovis) sites, in his 29th year of directing the UO field school, will personally teach excavation methods, sampling techniques, and northern Great Basin prehistory. Boston University Ph.D. fellow, Justin Holcomb will teach a six week Geoarchaeology course during the field school. There is an option to enroll in a two-week Introduction to Museum Collections and Laboratory Methods class following the six week field school, taught by Texas A&M University Ph.D. fellow, Katelyn McDonough. We request that this announcement and the accompanied flyer be distributed amongst the students within your department for consideration and potential enrollment.

Course Descriptions

-CreditsANTH 408/508 Field School or Geoarchaeology Field School – 8 credit

ANTH 408/508 Archaeology Lab Methods – 2 credit

-Fees: Field School: $3650.00 – covers tuition, field transportation, and food. A payment program for the field school tuition is possible (see website). Archaeology Laboratory Methods -$1500.00

-Dates: Field Schools:  06/26/17 – 08/04/17. Archaeology Laboratory Methods 08/07/17 – 08/18/17

-Skills to be learned: professional block excavation, sterile coprolite collection, pedestrian survey. This field school meets the rigorous field school standards of the national Register of Professional Archaeologists.

Archaeological Setting

The Connley Caves site is composed of 8 caves and rockshelters located in the Connley Hills of the Fort Rock basin some 10 miles south of the town of Fort Rock. These caves were first professionally investigated by Stephen Bedwell who radiocarbon dated charcoal in a Western Stemmed Tradition (WST) cultural component to as much as 11,200 14C BP (13,110 cal BP). The University of Oregon has conducted field school excavations there in 2000, 2001, 2014, 2015, and 2016. New findings include Haskett projectile points, scrapers, bifaces, 5 bone needles, and various other artifacts associated with radiocarbon dates ranging from 10,234 ± 38 (11,960 cal BP) to 11,080 ± 42 (12,970 cal BP) in Cave 4. Other deeply buried deposits located between caves 4 and 5 have yielded basketry, cordage, hide, coprolites, and lithic artifacts (Haskett and Cascade points, scrapers, bifaces, etc.).

To apply and for more information about the field school visit our website:

Contact: Dr. Dennis L. Jenkins: (541)346-3026, office at UO

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