In The Field
California Field School
Every Friday from April 8 to June 24, 2022
- California Cultural Resource Management firms are looking for new employees.
- Foothill students are getting jobs.
- Why not you?
- No program fees.
- Why spend thousands on a field school when it is all available here at home during the school year.
- Equitable and Economical
- Learn survey, lab, excavation, ground-penetrating radar, mapping, and more.
The Anthropology Department is launching a new California field school program that offers a suite of hands-on field courses aimed at developing excavation and lab ready employees in the CRM industry. After 12 weeks our students are prepared for a job in CRM. We have placed hundreds of students over the years in field tech jobs, transfer positions, and graduate schools via our field programs. Building on our experience this past summer in Lake County, California, the Anthropology Department has developed a local program in nearby Portola Valley that students can enjoy with minimal time commitment and cost. (It's just off the 280 behind Palo Alto)
Working closely with Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and State Parks we will provide a student field school experience at Hawthorns Ranch in Portola Valley. What traditionally has been an expensive summer field school experience is being offered during the school year via 4 units of Spring Quarter courses beginning in April. Contact Dr. Sam Connell email@example.com or apply here.
You will be part of a team that will work on all aspects of the research project, including archaeological survey, excavation strategies, and artifact analysis.
Project Directors & Instructors
Samuel Connell, PhD (Foothill College)
Ana Lucia Gonzalez, MA (Foothill College)
Mike Wilcox, PhD (Stanford University)
A Note About Covid:
-Update Feb 2022 - This program is on, we are accepting applicants. Safety protocols have been put in place, see our website for further details. We are closely monitoring the current COVID-19 pandemic in advance of the 2022 field season.
While we are planning for a field season in 2022, we will continue to monitor the issues around travel restrictions and the various jurisdictional requirements. We also anticipate applying strict COVID-19 safeguards to our operation both in the field and where we reside to protect ourselves as well as the community we are working in. If, however, we are forced to cancel the program, we will alert all applicants immediately.
What will you be Learning?
- California and Bay Area Prehistory
- Cultural Resource Management
- Evaluate to Sampling Designs
- Use of Total Station Survey Instruments
- Excavation Methodology
- Artifacts ID, Curation, and Analysis
- Write Professional Field Notes
- Interpret data into behavioral activities
- Data Management
- Develop Field Reports.
- ANTH 51 – Intro to Survey (F 10-4; 2 units - 6 field hrs/week)
- ANTH 16L – Archaeology Lab (TBD; 1 unit - 3 lab hrs/week)
- ANTH 57 - Applied Archaeology Field Methods (TBD; 1 unit)
Supplemental Classroom based courses (not required)
- ANTH 8 – Intro to Archaeology (T/Th 10-12)
- ANTH 20 – Native Peoples of California (W 1-3)
Short Course Description:
This course will introduce students to fundamentals in archaeological field methods and theory. It will provide on-hand training for the investigation of different types of archaeological sites including field survey and sub-surface sampling strategies. Students will learn to identify local artifact types and lab techniques for artifact cleaning, analysis, photography, curation, and data management. The course will provide students a foundation in local cultural and environmental contexts with emphasis on the application of anthropological theory for final report writing.