The Morton Village Fieldschool is current accepting applications – with a deadline of April 27th, 2012
The MortonVillage Fieldschool focuses on the Morton Village Site, a late prehistoric village in the central Illinois River Valley near Lewistown, Illinois. This cooperative project with the Illinois State Museum focuses on the A.D. 1300-1400 community associated with a period of social integration and conflict among Oneota and Mississippian groups. Our work builds on prior research at the site, utilize state-of the-art geophysical techniques, and have a strong public outreach component. Students are exposed to survey work as well as excavation.
As in any archaeological field school, students learn through hands-on application of methods. Students are contributing members of the research team, and work closely with the instructor, teaching assistants, and other professional archaeologists and specialists. We are fortunate to have the Dickson Mounds Museum of the Illinois State Museum as partners in this research endeavor. We utilize the museum as a place to learn about the rich archaeological record of the region, and draw on the considerable expertise of the archaeologists at that institution. Our field lab is also housed at the museum.