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Anthropology Field and Laboratory Opportunities

ISU's Anthropology Department offers many opportunities for students at all levels to gain hands-on, specialized experience in anthropological and archaeological field and laboratory methods. Some of these opportunities are held abroad, in locations like the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, the Sacred Valley in Peru, and the Polynesia Pacific. Other opportunities take place in the mountains and deserts of eastern Idaho, rural health cooperatives and in the anthropology laboratories on the ISU campus.

Click on the links below to get more information about the current field opportunities in Anthropology at ISU:


2019 Archaeology Field School: Olsen Mammoth Excavation

The 2019 Field School continues excavation on a multi-year project recovering a Columbian Mammoth (Mammuthus columbi) from private property just outside of Kimberly, Idaho. The mammoth has been radiocarbon dated to between 15,500 and 14,500 years old. We are hoping to find evidence of human interaction with this species whether it was hunted, scavenged, or injured.

Please click the Facebook link below for photos and video of previous field schools.


If you are interested in the field school and would like more information about tuition, costs, room/board, and other expectations, please download this file:

2019 Archaeology Field School Information Session

For this year's syllabus:

Speer - Archaeology Field School - ANT 4486 - Syllabus


If you plan on attending this year's field school please download the following files:

2019 Student Manual

2019 Excavation and Lab Procedures

2019 Liability Waiver - Olsen Mammoth

Field Excavation Manual


The 2019 Liability Waiver and page 9 of the 2019 Student Manual must be returned to Dr. Speer before May 1, 2019 at 5PM.

Please contact Dr. Charles Speer at if you have any other questions about next year's field school.

This is an introduction to the Idaho State University Archaeology Field School.

2016 Archaeology Field School: Paleoindian Archaeology in the Sweet Ola Valley

This video shows the area we are exploring for Paleoindian sites from 9,000 to 18,000 years ago in the Sweet-Ola Valley. In the first slides you'll see details of the area we investigated on the Upper Squaw Creek. You'll also see artifacts collected by the landowners of the various sites. We investigated 720 acres of private property adjacent to Boise National Forest. The preliminary results of our investigation are promising. The slides and videos show students from the 2016 field school excavating, sifting dirt, and mapping artifacts with our robotic Total Station survey instrument. There are several time lapse videos, GoPro handheld footage, and iPhone video capture. The last slides show the Fennel family that has been very helpful in procuring permissions to excavate and survey in the Sweet-Ola Valley. Special thanks to them!

Laboratory Internships in Archaeological Science