Come and dig with us! No experience necessary! All ages welcome! Our field schools run for four days but one-day options are available.  Field schools are held during the spring and summer of each year and dates are announced by March.

Each year we offer field schools of two types:

  • Survey Field School: involves field mapping of important tipi rings and boulder configuration sites as well as homesteads and other surface features.
  • Excavation Field School: offers the chance to participate in an excavation.

This program is open to the general public of all ages. It accomplishes two main purposes:

  • It provides exposure to scientific archaeological methods and conservation of archaeological resources, and
  • It provides hands-on experience and an appreciation of the value of our archaeological heritage.

Both are fun!

2017 Field School Details:

Carol, Henry, & Callie excavating at the Farr Site in 2015
© Saskatchewan Archaeological Society, 2015

Excavation Field School

  • Humboldt Telegraph Station Excavation – July 24-28 – We’re partnering with the Humboldt & District Museum and Western Heritage to undertake excavations at the Telegraph Station at Original Humboldt.
  • Chimney Coulee (EMITA – Exploring Métis Identity Through Archaeology – Project) – August 8 – September 1 – Dr. Kisha Supernant & Eric Tebby (University of Alberta)
    Come and excavate Métis wintering cabins at Chimney Coulee, Saskatchewan! The Chimney Coulee site has a rich archaeological record from the 19th century. Three different occupations occurred at this site between 1860-1890: a Metis wintering camp, a longhouse built by Issac Cowie and his crew, and a short-lived Northwest Mounted Police post. This summer, the EMITA (Exploring Métis Identity Through Archaeology) project will be excavating Métis wintering cabins at this important site. We are looking for volunteers to help with excavation, screening, mapping, and survey during the month of August. Experience preferred but not required. There are places to stay in nearby Eastend, including camping and hotel accommodation. Lunch and necessary equipment will be provided for all participants. All are welcome! For more information, please contact Eric Tebby (etebby@ualberta.ca) or project director Dr. Kisha Supernant (kisha.supernant@ualberta.ca).

Survey Field School

  • Filling the Gap: The Forks to Cabri Project – June 4-9 – Survey along the South Saskatchewan and Red Deer Rivers near Empress, AB with Drs. Margaret Kennedy (U of S) and Brian Reeves (Lifeways of Canada Ltd.).
  • Herschel Area Survey & Recording Project – June 9-11 – Stone feature recording project near Herschel, SK

Check out our 2017 Field Opportunities Brochure.
For more information or to register, please contact us or register online!

 Wanuskewin Field School
© Saskatchewan Archaeological Society, 2011

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