Archaeologists-in-training have been getting down and dirty at the Haynie site and elsewhere as they learn from some of the best in the business at Crow Canyon's annual College Field School.
"Crow Canyon has one of the most comprehensive field schools that I've seen," said Cassy Siegling, digging through the dirt of a unit at the Haynie site while taking careful field notes. "I'm very happy."
Archaeologists and anthropologists typically have to attend an archaeological field school to complete their training and get a job in the field, and Crow Canyon's College Field School is considered to be one of the leading programs in the nation. Your support of Crow Canyon helps make it possible for new generations of archaeologists to learn about the past, and then use that knowledge to help guide us into the future.
"I went to the University of New Mexico, and a lot of people there talk about (Crow Canyon's College Field School) there," said Siegling. "I had a classmate go through the College Field School last year, and she was, like, 'You gotta go! It's fabulous, and you gotta go!'"
The five-week summer experiential learning program, under the direction of Crow Canyon's Director of Archaeology Dr. Susan Ryan, gives archaeology and anthropology students a solid, practical background in archaeological site identification and recording, excavation, and basic artifact processing and analyses—all vital parts of becoming a working archaeologist. Students are also given instruction and experience using instrument surveying and remote sensing surveying techniques.
In addition, the students attend evening programs, field trips, service learning projects, and public events that expand on these essential skills and present real-world opportunities to learn about and practice archaeology.
"It's been pretty fun," said Matthew Bestard, a student at New York's SUNY-New Falls. "We get to see a lot of the other sites in the area that Susan and a lot of the other archaeologists have worked at before. We've been getting a lot of experience with a number of techniques that other field schools don't go into with the same depth as Crow Canyon. It's been pretty interesting."
Because of your support, college students like Matthew, Cassy, and many others are able to make their dreams of becoming a working archaeologist a reality through Crow Canyon's College Field School. Thank you for your continued support of all of Crow Canyon's educational, research, and outreach programs!