Anthropology | Field Work in Anthropology
P405 | 5014 | Scheiber

Exploring Historical and Social Landscapes of the Greater Yellowstone
MAY 21, 2007-JUNE 28, 2007

Indiana University (IU) and Northwest College (NWC) will be offering
their third cooperative program in archaeological field methods
scheduled from May 21, 2007 to June 28, 2007.  The
field school is a holistic, field-based program in the social history
and human ecology of the northwestern High Plains and Middle Rocky
Mountains with a special emphasis on the Greater Yellowstone
Ecosystem.  This program examines the changing material culture of
Crow and Shoshone Indians during the transition from Pre-Contact
Period nomadic hunting and gathering societies to a contemporary
Reservation-based ranching culture.  Fieldwork includes a combined
program of systematic survey and reconnaissance, traditional planview
mapping, total station and global positioning system (GPS) mapping,
artifact analysis, and limited test excavations at sites in
northwestern Wyoming and southern Montana.  Special topics covered
include regional geological and paleoenvironmental history,
human-animal interactions, and rock art studies.  Students will also
visit local rock art sites, museums, and battlefields.  For additional
information, see field school website at

Research will be conducted in three 10-day sessions with four to five
days off between each session.  Students can spend days off exploring
Yellowstone National Park or hiking and camping in the nearby Bighorn,
Beartooth, or Absaroka Mountains.  Sessions 1 and 2 will be held at
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area (
Base camp for this project is at the Ewing-Snell Ranch, a fully
restored National Register of Historic Places landmark first
established in 1896.  Bighorn Canyon and the Ewing-Snell base camp
offer easy walking access to field sites from paved or gravel roads.
Session 3 will be held at a remote camp in the Shoshone National
Forest Washakie Wilderness Area (
The wilderness area base camp requires students to pack their
personal gear approximately 5 miles over a 10,000-foot summit.  A
certified outfitter and pack string will deliver all field equipment
and supplies to the camp.  The wilderness component to this program
affords few luxuries in a potentially harsh but stunning environment
with amazing archaeology.

IU vehicles will depart from Bloomington several days before the
official start of the session and transport students to the field
project.  A vehicle will return to Bloomington several days after the
third session.

Students should contact Laura Scheiber at for an
application form.  Admission to the field school is by application
only, and applications are due March 19th, 2007.  This course carries
6 credit hours.  In addition to tuition, an additional fee of $700
will be assessed.