SIU Carbondale Summer Field School in Archaeology

Southern Illinois University Carbondale Summer Field School in Archaeology 2018

The 2018 SIUC field school is going to be held from May 21–June 29, 2018, at two historic period sites, a French and American fort known as Ft. Kaskaskia (1731–1807) and Miller Grove (1840–1930) a freed slave African-American settlement established prior to the Civil War. Ft. Kaskaskia played a crucial role in the Lewis and Clark Expedition with 11 of the expedition men recruited from the fort garrison. Miller Grove is believed to have played a similarly important role in the Underground Railroad, assisting runaway slaves on their journey north.

Students will be instructed in excavation and mapping methods, remote sensing techniques including the use of ground penetrating radar (GPR) and gradiometry, and other skills as part of this six credit course. We will leave and return to Carbondale each day in university vehicles. Total cost (tuition and fees) is $2,241.80, excluding housing. Interested students can contact Dr. Mark Wagner at

View the information flyer. For additional information regarding the field school including instructions on how to apply can be found on the SIUC Department of Anthropology web site at