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									ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD TECHNIQUES
PRE-TERM 2011
MAY 16th - June 3rd
SYLLABUS
Instructor: Andrew M. Mickelson
Location: AMES PLANTATION
Time: 7:00 am to 3:00 pm M-F
Office: Johnson 227
Telephone: ext. 4505
Cell Phone: 901-481-9245
E-mail: amicklsn@memphis.edu

Course Web Page: https://umdrive.memphis.edu/amicklsn/courses.htm

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Instruction in field excavation, specimen preparation, use of survey
instruments and photography, map making, archaeological record keeping; methods and
techniques in archaeological laboratory analysis; emphasis on organization and supervision of
laboratory procedures.
PREREQUISITE: PERMISSION OF THE INSTRUCTOR


Field/Class Conduct:


ALL UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS RULES AND CODES OF CONDUCT APPLY.
All students are expected to arrive at the designated location(s) on time. Students and
faculty have a right to a safe and courteous learning environment. Disruptions of any sort
will not be tolerated, and the offending individual(s) may be forced to leave class. All
university policies are in effect even though we are off-campus. Ames Plantation is in effect
an extension of the University of Memphis campus and all University rules and regulations
apply for the duration of the class. We are guests of Ames Plantation and must follow their
policies as well.


DUE TO THE REMOTE FIELD LOCATION, SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS CAN
ONLY BE ACCOMODATED TO THE EXTENT CONDITIONS ALLOW. PLEASE
CONTACT THE INSTRUCTOR FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.


NO FIREARMS OR OTHER WEAPONS ARE PERMITTED. NO GRILLS OR OPEN
LAME COOKING TECHNOLOGIES ARE PERMITTED. NO DRUGS OR ALCOHOL
ARE PERMITTED.
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS: BE CAREFUL! DANGEROUS CONDITIONS MAY BE
PRESENT. Be aware of your surroundings. There is wildlife about. Watch for poison ivy
and other noxious weeds, spiders, ticks, mosquitoes, snakes, coyotes. Do not sit or stand
near open excavation trenches unless working. Do not get overheated, drink water often.
Do not throw anything (including, but not limited to field tools, buckets, rocks, fellow
classmates, etc.). During fieldwork, iPods/mp3 players or other annoying electronic devices
are not permitted. Cell phones are permitted. No shenanigans will be tolerated. Failure to
comply may result in dismissal from class.


REPORT ALL INJURIES, NO MATTER HOW MINOR TO THE INSTRUCTOR OR
TEACHING ASSISTANT.


Recommended Text:
Hester, Thomas R., Shafer, Harry J., and Kenneth L. Feder
1997 FIELD METHODS IN ARCHAEOLOGY.


COURSE REQUIREMENTS


1. Students are expected to spend 15 days in the field, although this could change as
weather may preclude going in the field. If a rain day occurs, students will be notified by
6:30 am via e-mail and/or text messaging. A field trip to a local archaeological site may be
substituted for a rain day.


2. All students must arrive on time. Failure to do so will result in a grade reduction.
The van leaves from campus at 6:50 am. Students not riding in the van are expected to
meet at Bryan Hall on the Ames Plantation by 8:00 am to catch transportation to the
remote field site, which generally requires a four-wheel drive vehicle. Students are not
allowed to drive their own vehicles all the way to the site without first clearing it with the
instructor.


3. Students are expected to enthusiastically engage themselves in learning archaeological
field techniques. Participation will constitute 80 percent of the grade.


4. Each student will keep a field journal (or blog) and record the day’s events. This will
constitute 20 percent of your grade.


5. A class fee, beyond tuition of $200.00 is required. This fee pays for supplies, tools, and
resources utilized at Ames Plantation outside of the University of Memphis. The fee is
payable online.
6. Students must use their university e-mail (or e-mail registered with the university).
Students will provide their cell phone number. This is in case of a rain day – which means
a field trip to an archaeological site is likely.


Grade:


80% - Participation
20% - Field Journal
The College of Arts and Sciences requires that an incomplete grade (I) be given only for
exceptional circumstances such as severe illness or work related circumstances that are beyond
your control. In both circumstances documented is required. Grades will be determined as
follows:
       97-100 A+
       94-96          A
       90-93          A-
       87-89          B+
       84-86          B
       80-83          B-
       77-79          C+
       74-76          C
       70-73          C-
       67-69          D+
       64-66          D
       60-63          D-
       0-59           F
OUTLINE OF THE CLASS
Commute to site:
Departmental Van will leave from lot in front of Johnson Hall promptly at 7:00 AM
Seating is limited. Students may drive their own vehicle to the plantation. Students must
park at Bryan Hall. Prior permission must be obtained to drive to the site.


Facets of Study:


1. Surface Collection and Site Discovery and Location
       -artifact discovery
       -site mapping
       -use of topographic maps
       - use of GPS and total station mapping equipment


2. Site Testing
       - shovel testing and test unit excavation
       - screening and recovery of artifacts
       - documentation of test excavations


3. Large-scale Excavation
       - mound and off-mound excavations
       - documentation of excavation, features, stratigraphy, etc.


4. Geophysical Prospection
       - use of metal detector to document historic sites
       - use of Fluxgate Gradiometer to surface for buried subsurface remains


5. Laboratory Work
       -cleaning and sorting of artifacts
       -entering artifacts into database
       -flotation


6. Three one-hour lectures per week. Topics TBA.


7. Participate for one week with the Rhodes College Excavation of a Historic Period site.
Required Field Gear


1. Any necessary medication (we are 45 minutes from the nearest hospital)
2. Hiking boots
3. Long sleeve shirt and pants
4. Hat
5. Study work gloves - leather palms are a must for screening dirt.
6. Water bottle holding at least 1 liter.
7. Insect repellent
8. Sun screen
9. Field notebook
10. Mechanical pencil (0.5 mm lead size), permanent marker (Sharpie Fine-Tip)
11. Backpack or knapsack
12. Lunch


Optional Equipment
1. Trowel - Marshalltown 45-5 pointing trowel
2. Metric tape measurer
3. String



THE SYLLABUS IS SUBJECT TO MODIFICATION
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION AND APPLICATION FORM

Costs
         There are two charges:
                  Field School Fee
                  University of Memphis tuition (plus housing, if required)

Field School Fee of $200.00
This fee covers the costs of transportation, supplies, and logistical services provided by Ames Plantation.
Transportation will be provided roundtrip from Memphis each day. Students may choose to provide their own
transportation, but this WILL NOT CHANGE the total course fees.

University of Memphis Tuition

                  Estimated Tuition for in-state students - $1,000 (3 credit hours)
                  Estimated Tuition for out of state students- $2, 670 (3credit hours)

Tuition payment instructions and deadlines will be provided to you after you complete the camp registration process.

Tuition listed here is current for the Spring 2011 term. If increases occur before the pre-summer 2011 term, you will
be notified. Such increases are usually announced on very short notice and are not under the control of the
Department of Earth Sciences.

Once you are accepted to both the U of M and field camp you may register online at
http://www.memphis.edu/registrar/student/register/index.htm. For further details, see below under Registration. If
you have questions about the application process contact Dr. Mickelson.

II. Admissions

Admission to the Archaeology Field School: Admission is on a first come, first served basis. A field school
application form is available from the Director (see also at the end of this document). Fill the form out and give or
send it to the Director by April 1, 2011:

         Dr. Mickelson
         Director, Ames Plantation Field School
         Department of Earth Sciences
         The University of Memphis
         Rm. 1 Johnson Hall
         Memphis, TN 38152-3550

Notification of acceptance will be made through email by April 15, 2011. The notification email will include a URL
for fee payment through the UStore site. The field school fee ($200.00) IS DUE BY May 1, 2011. Students will
receive a full refund if withdrawn by May 13, 2011.

Admission to The U of M: Students not already accepted at The U of M must apply, not only to field camp, but
also to The U of M via the Admissions Office. These admission instructions are only for students who are not
currently admitted to the University. We cannot finish your field camp application until you are fully accepted at
The U of M. Appropriate forms and information are available at http://www.memphis.edu/admissions/transfers.php.
APPLY FOR ADMISSION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

You must be accepted to The U of M for credit to be given. You must be a student in good standing (GPA 2.0 or
higher on a scale of 4.0) or have graduated from a recognized university or college for admission to the U of M. If
you are currently enrolled in a university, the application to The U of M must be accompanied or followed by a
statement of standing from your school’s Registrar, or a transcript. If you have graduated and are not currently
enrolled in a university, you must send a transcript. Colleges take a surprisingly long time to issue transcripts. If
you are serious about The U of M’s field camp, have the transcript sent immediately. By the time it actually arrives,
all your other paper work will be here. Please note this is an undergraduate and graduate course at The U of M.

Have a statement of standing or transcript sent from your Registrar to the address below. Fill out the U of M
admission application form, either on-line or as a mail-in form, indicate at the appropriate question that you are not
seeking a degree from the U of M, and send (or submit via the web) the form with your application fee ($25) to:

         Admissions Office
         101 Wilder Tower
         The University of Memphis
         Memphis, TN 38152

Direct questions to 901-678-2111.

Registration and Fee Payment:
    U of M students – Refer to the on-line Schedule of Classes and Bursar’s Office web site.
    Non U of M students - You can find information through the University of Memphis web page at
        www.memphis.edu. Go to the admissions web page to apply for admission to the University of Memphis
        (http://www.memphis.edu/admissions/transfers.php). After you have been admitted you may register
        online at http://www.memphis.edu/registrar/student/register/index.htm. After you have registered, you can
        pay tuition using the TigerXpress system (http://bf.memphis.edu/finance/bursar/).




Shots: Tetanus inoculations are required. Shots can be arranged at university health centers or may be
administered by any physician.

Health and Accident Insurance: All field trip participants are required to have some sort of health and accident
insurance, which will cover them for the duration of the trip. Bring the policy information.

Firearms: No firearms of any sort are permitted in the field or in the dorms. Do not bring a gun.

Smoking: The U of M vans are non-smoking areas. We also prohibit smoking on any archaeological site. You
may smoke at the edge of the road, usually during designated work breaks. Smoking is allowed in the field camp,
but every smoker must be responsible for the disposal of cigarette butts. Due to extreme wildfire conditions, the
National Park Service, US Forest Service, or Wyoming Game and Fish may institute a smoking ban at any time. We
will adhere to those rules.

Liquor: Possession of or consumption of alcoholic beverages, including beer, is prohibited in the field and in U of
M vehicles.

Drugs: No drugs (except by prescription).

Pets: No pets of any kind in the camp or in the field.

Guests: Short visits by family and friends are welcome onsite. Remember though, this is not a vacation or summer
camp.
                          ADMISSION APPLICATION AND INFORMATION
                        THE UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD CAMP


Name_________________________________________             Male_______       Female_________
Signature______________________________________                     UUID__________________
College or University _______________________________                 Year in School___________
School Address (where we can write you when school is in session)
_____________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________
Phone (include area code)____________________________________________________
Home Address (where we can write you when school is not in session)
_____________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________
e-mail address ______________________________________________________


EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION:
Name____________________________
Phone Number_____________________


Secondary Contact:
Name____________________________
Phone Number_____________________


Do you have any medical conditions (including allergic reactions) that I need to be concerned about?
If yes, explain:
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________
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Application to The University of Memphis: Please apply for admission on-line at
http://www.memphis.edu/admissions/transfers.php. Don’t forget the $25 application fee.

Application to Field Camp: Read the information sheet. Please have a faculty member at your home institution
confirm your abilities and preparedness to complete a field camp course. Fill out and send this form
(Admission Application) to:
                                             Andrew Mickelson
                                             Ames Plantation Field School
                                             Department of Earth Sciences
                                             The University of Memphis
                                             Rm. 1 Johnson Hall
                                             Memphis, TN 38152
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FOR USE OF FACULTY AT APPLICANT’S HOME SCHOOL

In my opinion (student)____________________ has the necessary background and is physically and emotionally
capable of archaeological field work in a remote location with a hot and humid climate.

Additional Comments:
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Signature_____________________________________

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