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Spring Semester 2015 Archaeological Field School at Mission Guevavi

ANTH 442A & 442B, Section 2 (Undergraduate) / ANTH 542A & 542B, Section 2 (Graduate)  

The University of Arizona School of Anthropology is pleased to offer its third spring semester (January 14-May 14, 2015) archaeological field school at Mission Guevavi.  This field school will combine training in excavation and analysis of material remains from several prehistoric and historical contexts in and around the 18th century Spanish mission, Mission Los Santos Ángeles de Guevavi, located in part within Tumacácori National Historic Park (National Park Service).  The field school will be carried out as a collaborative project between the University of Arizona, the National Park Service, and Desert Archaeology, Inc.  Field school participants will learn excavation methods, advanced mapping techniques, curation and analysis of artifacts, archaeological interpretation, and archaeological ethics and legal mandates.  Lectures, discussions, and research projects will augment field and laboratory experiences.

Project Location

Mission Guevavi is located on the Santa Cruz River approximately one hour south of Tucson, Arizona, in the picturesque Sonoran Desert.  Temperatures in the Spring Semester are ideal for archaeological field work.



Archaeological Setting

Archaeological investigations will focus on several contexts in and around the mission, including several prehistoric features in addition to possible mission-period contexts.  These contexts are currently under threat of destruction by cattle or vehicular traffic.

Mission Guevavi was founded in 1691 by Father Kino near a small community of O’odham farmers.  The community briefly served as a head mission, but was abandoned in the 1770s.  The site consists of the ruins of the church and associated mission buildings, mission-period middens, and numerous historic and prehistoric features.  The field school will focus on recovering archaeological data from several endangered contexts including several unidentified adobe-walled structures, and several prehistoric features and structures.

Fieldwork Schedule

Fieldwork is scheduled for 12 days during the Spring Semester including four Saturdays, and eight days over Spring Break (check back soon for complete schedule).  Laboratory sessions are scheduled on Fridays from 1:00-3:30PM throughout the semester. The spring field school schedule permits participants to complete a full semester course load.

Course Instructor of Record

Barnet Pavao-Zuckerman (Associate Curator, Arizona State Museum; Associate Professor and Associate Director, School of Anthropology).  Research interests include historical archaeology, zooarchaeology, Spanish colonialism.  She joined the faculty of the University of Arizona in 2002.

Collaborating Instructors

J. Homer Thiel (Project Director, Desert Archaeology, Inc.) is an expert in historical archaeology, genealogy, and faunal analysis in the southwestern region. He has worked for Desert Archaeology since 1992. 

Jeremy Moss (Park Archaeologist, Pecos National Historical Park).  Research interests include archaeology, historic preservation, cultural and natural resource management.  He worked as park archaeologist at Tumacácori NHP from 2004 to 2013 and, although now at Pecos, continues his close involvement in the project.

Field School: Course Credits & Fees

Registration is by permission of instructor obtained after submitting an application form .  Application forms are also available from Ann Samuelson, Anthropology undergraduate advisor.  Review of applications begins on October 15, 2014 but will continue until course is full.

Registration is required for two 3-credit field school courses, Anth 442A and Anth 442B (Section 2) for undergraduate credit, or Anth 542A and 542B (Section 2) for graduate credit.   

Field school registration is subject to normal University of Arizona tuition and fees.  A special course fee of $350.00 per 3 credit course ($700.00 total) covers field school costs, due at registration.