Dept. Archaeological Field School

Archaeology Field School ANTH 35588 MTWRF 8:30am-5:00pm
June 13 to July15, 2016     Credits 5
In addition to tuition, this course requires payment of a $300 laboratory/transportation fee.

Registration for continuing Notre Dame students and applications for non-degree visiting students starts March 16, 2016.  Visit the Summer Session web page for more info. or contact Professor Mark Schurr for more information. or 574-631-7638.

If you take the Notre Dame Archaeology Field School you will learn about:

Geophysical survey and remote sensing
The basics of field archaeology
The archaeology of eastern North America
Prehistoric and historic American culture
Careers in archaeology
Public Archaeology
Completes the Anthropology major Methods requirement

This year the 2016 Notre Dame Archaeology Field School will investigate two sites during the five week long class.

Collier Lodge











The Collier Lodge site is located in Porter County, northeastern Indiana (60 miles east of Chicago). It has produced evidence of prehistoric and historic occupations from as early as 8,000 B.C. up to the recent past. The site is named for the Collier Lodge, a former hunting lodge that still stands. For millennia, people used the site to exploit the rich resources of the great Kankakee Marsh, an enormous wetland that was one of the dominant environmental zones of the region before it was drained at the start of the twentieth century.  Notre Dame has worked at the site for more than a decade.  This year we will spend two weeks investigating the river bank to better understand a buried soil layer we found there in 2006.





The Log Chapel


The Log Chapel on Notre Dame’s campus where Notre Dame was founded in 1842.  At that time, the campus consisted of three run down log cabins near what is now Log Chapel and Old College building (the first brick building on campus).  Today, an archaeological site containing rich evidence about daily life at the University’s founding and throughout its first century is hidden beneath the carefully manicured lawn.  Deeply buried layers contain artifacts that were left behind when prehistoric Native Americans briefly camped by the campus lakes at least 3,000 years ago.  This year we will explore the site to see what new insights it can provide into Notre Dame’s foundational years.  We may find physical evidence of Catholic missionaries who are said to have ministered on the campus in the early 1700s, almost a century and half before Notre Dame was founded, and evidence of the prehistoric camp at the site.