Urban Archaeology: Documenting the Missoula Historic Underground

This listing expired on June 1, 2013. Please contact bethany.campbell@mso.umt.edu for any updated information.

Urban Archaeology: Documenting the Missoula Historic Underground
Bricked-up doorway, possibly the entrance to Missoula's tunnel system.The Missoula Mercantile on Front Street.

Location: Missoula, Montana, United States

Season Dates: June 10, 2013 - June 28, 2013
Application Deadline: April 15, 2013

Website: http://cas.umt.edu/anthropology/Underground/default.ph


Program Type
Field school

Affiliation: University of Montana

Project Director: Dr. Kelly J. Dixon

Project Description

This archaeological field school will provide an intense “learning lab” where students will decide whether they want to be professional archaeologists. Archaeology is a multidisciplinary field with diverse and numerous topics. This field school will expose students to basic field and lab methods, with special skills related to fieldwork in an urban setting. This course will provide instruction in archaeological field methods, such as general survey techniques, map making, excavation, historic structure recording, and historical record interpretation. At the conclusion of this class you will have acquired the ability to:

  • Locate, survey, document/map, and interpret cultural/heritage resources.
  • Identify the elements of a completed site form (MT CRIS form, MT Historic Property record, NRHP nomination form).
  • Locate/place cultural resources on a 7.5 minute USGS map.
  • Understand how a GPS (Global Positioning System) unit works.
  • Maintain a field notebook.
  • Understand the methods required of various types of archaeological sites and investigations, including an emphasis on incorporating HABS-level documentation to urban archaeological contexts.
  • Get a sense of archaeological technology such as laser scanning, digital imaging applications, GIS, etc.
  • Explore archival resources in the Mansfield Library.
  • Explain the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Section 106 process for survey in the U.S.
  • Understand the basic tenets of an urban archaeological survey for the MSO Underground Project, as a partner to historic preservation.
  • Understand the steps involved with researching historic buildings and cultural landscapes in western Montana.

Please visit the field schools webpage for additional information and preliminary syllabi.

If interested please submit a letter of interest and unofficial transcripts to bethany.campbell@mso.umt.edu or kelly.dixon@mso.umt.edu




Period(s) of Occupation: Historic Victorian Era

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Room and Board Arrangements

No room and board are offered for this field school, please contact the project staff for more information on room and board options.

Academic Credit
Name of institution offering credit: University of Montana
Number of credits offered: 4
Tuition: $1075 and $45 lab fee

Contact Information
Bethany Hauer Campbell
Social Sciences 244, 32 Campus Drive, University of Montana
Missoula, Montana 59812

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