Current Archaeological Field Schools

Archaeology Field School at Osage Indian Hunting Camp, May 21 - June 8, 2018

The Center for Archaeological Research (CAR) in cooperation with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Missouri State University (MSU) is offering a summer intersession course in field archaeology and laboratory analysis. During the 3-week course, students will receive training in archaeological field methods of survey, mapping, excavation, and basic laboratory analysis. Students will also learn how archaeologists preserve and interpret archaeological materials.

This 3-week session will take place at a probable historic Osage Indian hunting camp in Swan Creek valley in Christian County, Missouri. Three Osage hunting camps were noted by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft during his exploratory expedition through the Ozarks in 1818-1819. Limited investigations were held at one Osage hunting camp (23CN100) in 2016 and 2017 where several Osage Indian artifacts were recovered. The goal of the 2018 field school will be to discover a second Osage hunting camp located a short distance south of 23CN2100 in an attempt to document multiple Osage sites that Schoolcraft observed 200 years ago. Investigations will include hand excavations and systematic metal detecting across the prospective Osage campsite. The study area is located a short drive from Springfield and MSU. Daily transportation from and to MSU is included.

Course:  ANT 351, Field Archaeology (3 credits)
Time:  8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday
Instructor:   Professor Jack Ray
Prerequisites:  ANT 125 or ANT 240;  AND instructor permission
Enrollment Limit:  12 students
Tuition:  Missouri residents: $630.00; non-residents: $1,374 (first-time MSU applicants pay $35 University admissions fee)
Additional fee:  $300 to cover supplies, equipment, and transportation
Application:  Deadline: March 31st first consideration of applications (admission is on a first-come first-served basis). Application and release forms can be obtained from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology (contact the department administrative assistant) or from the Center for Archaeological Research (contact Jack Ray), or by clicking here: download application form, download release form.
Contact:  Jack Ray,, Center for Archaeological Research, Missouri State University, 901 S. National Ave., Springfield, MO 65897, 417-836-4888