Announcement for UW Field School: Field Methods in Indigenous Archaeology

ARCHY 270 – Field Methods in Indigenous Archaeology


This summer, the University of Washington and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde are offering a six week field course (ARCHY 270) in tribal historic preservation and archaeological field methods on the Grand Ronde Reservation in Grand Ronde, OR.

Field school students will work with and alongside the Grand Ronde Tribal Historic Preservation Office to document historic reservation properties, including the mid-nineteenth century settlements where community members lived after removal from their western Oregon homelands and the Grand Ronde Tribal School, which was in operation during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The field school is a unique opportunity to gain training in a variety archaeological, ethnographic, and community-based field methods. Students will learn a variety of low-impact archaeological techniques for documenting tribal cultural resources including high-precision remote sensing, survey, and mapping technologies. Students will also gain a comprehensive understanding of survey design, excavation strategies, and artifact analysis. Lectures, field trips, workshops, and public outreach events will complement these essential skills and present further opportunities for students to understand the principles of tribal historic preservation and archaeological practice.

Examples of student projects and research during FMIA 2015 and 2016 can be found on the project’s facebook page and public blog.



ARCHY 270 is offered through the Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington, Seattle. Participation in the field course will earn students 12 university credits. 

Project Director: Dr. Sara Gonzalez, University of Washington

Location: Grand Ronde, OR

Dates: June 26 – August 4, 2017 (Summer A and B Term)

Cost: $3,546 (UW Registration) + $750 (Course Fee)

The course fee covers all food, lodging, and transportation costs as well as occasional restaurant meals and expenses for local field trips.  

Application Process

Applications are available at:

Priority deadline: April 12, 2017

Applications accepted through June 1, 2017.
For more information, please contact Dr. Sara Gonzalez at:

ARCHY270_2017 (1).pdf


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