Archeology Field School

UW-BSC offers ANT 370, a 6-week/6-credit archaeological field school in Wisconsin. Students will participate in a research project to expand investigations of a newly discovered colony of Middle Mississippians at scenic Trempealeau, Wisconsin on the banks of the Upper Mississippi River.

The 2013 field school will begin with four weeks (June 10-July 5) excavating the Mississippian colony in Trempealeau. The final two weeks (July 8-19) will be at UW-BSC in Baraboo, where students will experience laboratory processing, artifact identification, flotation, and archaeological curation, as well as tours of archaeological sites in central Wisconsin.

The Experience     

As part of the field school, students will:

  1. Learn techniques of archaeological survey, excavation, mapping, documentation, and basic laboratory methods
  2. Work independently and in supervised teams
  3. Complete assigned pertinent readings, engage in group discussions, and take occasional field trips to regional archaeological sites such as Aztalan State Park, effigy mounds, and rockshelters.

The work is physically demanding with hiking, shoveling, screening, and record-keeping in outdoor conditions that range from hot and humid to cool and dry, exposure to summertime bugs and plants, and lots of dirt.                                  


Transportation to and from Trempealeau is the responsibility of the student, and carpooling is encouraged. Crew lodging at Trempealeau may be in a nearby house, hotel, school, or possibly camping. Accepted students will be notified of the lodging situation as soon as it is confirmed. A class fee of $200 is in addition to the course tuition, and will help cover costs associated with lodging and project supplies.

Food costs and communal cooking/kitchen duties are the responsibility of the students. There is a nearby laundramat and post office. Accepted students should plan on bringing eating utensils, a cooking pot/skillet, personal toiletries. A portable chair is also handy. Lodging and food for the final two weeks in Baraboo are the responsibility of the student.


$1,191 (6 credits) + $200 Special Course fee = $1391.00 (food costs are additional)


Registration for ANT 370 is through the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County Continuing Education Department.  Prospective students should contact:

Cindy McVenes
Director of Continuing Education
UW-Baraboo/Sauk County
(608) 355-5234

Applications should be submitted before Friday April 12, 2013. Although this deadline may be extended, preference will be given to those who apply before April 12. 

Students of the University of Wisconsin System can check how UW-BSC ANT 370 will transfer to their campus by using the Wisconsin Transfer Information System at: