See below for listings of southeastern archaeological field schools running during Summer 2021. If you would like us to add your field school to the list, please fill out this form.

Western Kentucky University

Dates: June 7-July 9
Site: Holt Site (14th century Mississippian-era village) and Kuykendall Site (Historic period house site)
Instructor: David Pollack, Justin Carlson, Darlene Applegate,
Credits: 3 hours
Cost: $1,350-$3,312 undergrad and $1,821-$2,751 graduate (depending on residency)
Location: Butler-Warren Counties, south-central Kentucky

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Dates: May 10 - May 28
Site: Cherokee Farm (Woodland-period midden)
Instructor: Dr. Kandi Hollenbach,
Credits: 3 hours
Cost: May mini-term tuition at UTK
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Dates: May 10 - May 28
Site: Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site, a 19th century cotton plantation in the South Carolina Midlands. The fieldwork will explore the lives of those living in bondage at Rose Hill prior to the Civil War, as well as the lives of those who remained as tenants following Emancipation through the mid-twentieth century. Students will gain experience with test unit excavation at several key areas of the plantation landscape, as well as experience using GPR to delineate the boundaries of the African American cemetery. This work represents a joint effort between the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and South Carolina State Parks.
Instructor: Katherine Parker,, and Stacey Young,
Credits: 3 hours
Cost: $1,365 In-State Tuition/$3,681 Out-of-State Tuition. Housing will be provided by South Carolina State Parks.
Location: Union, South Carolina

University of Louisiana, Lafayette

Dates: May 17 - June 4 and June 7 - 25, 2021 (2 sessions)
Site: Historic Coushatta Villages
Instructor: Drs. J. Lynn Funkhouser,, and Samuel M. Huey,
Credits: 3 hours
Cost: Tuition and fees range from $1,297 to $2,442
Location: Calcasieu River Basin, southwest Louisiana

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Dates: May 17 - June 25
Site: Field school students will move between four locations for purposes of social distancing: (1) the 1750s French colonial Ft. Kaskaskia; (2) the 1803-1807 American Ft. Kaskaskia visited by the Lewis and Clark Expedition; (3) the pre-Civil War African-American community of Miller Grove; (4) the Center for Archaeological Investigations Curation Center in Carbondale, Illinois
Instructor: Dr. Mark Wagner,; office 618-453-5055
Credits: 6 hours
Cost: TUITION=$1927.50; Transportation/Material Fee=$500; TOTAL COST=$2427, Housing not included. We are trying to arrange housing through the SIU dorms for an additional charge.
Location: Carbondale, Illinois

Sewanee: The University of the South

Dates: May 31 - June 3
Site: Lone Rock Stockade (40GY78) in the South Cumberland State Park. The stockade was built in the 1870s to house incarcerated people (the majority of whom were African Americans) who were forced to work in coal mines under Tennessee's convict leasing system. Through this work, we examine the legacies of slavery and the meaning of freedom in the late 19th century.
Instructor: Dr. Camille Westmont, More information about the site and the application to apply to the field school are available at Students are asked to complete the application by April 15th, 2021.
Credits: 6 hours
Cost: $3,000
Location: Tracy City, Tennessee

University of North Georgia

Dates: May 24 - June 25
Site: Rice Farm (9DW276) (Middle and Late Woodland village)
Instructor: Dr. William Balco,
Credits: 6 hours
Cost: In-state undergrad = $1968; In-state graduate = $2228; Out-of-state undergrad = $4798; Out-of-state graduate = $6344
Location: Dawsonville, Georgia

University of West Florida

Dates: May 24 - July 16
Site: Terrestrial: Tristán de Luna Settlement (1559-1561); Combined-Terrestrial: two Native American sites on Gulf Islands National Seashore; Maritime and Combined-Maritime: Emanuel Point III shipwreck (1559) and other historic wrecks in Pensacola Bay area.
Instructor: Terrestrial: Dr. John Worth; Combined-Terrestrial: Dr. Ramie Gougeon; Maritime and Combined-Maritime: Dr. Gregory Cook, UWF Anthropology Department,, (850) 474-2797 Online application:
Credits: 3-9 hours
Cost: Tuition varies by in-state/out-of-state, number of credits, graduate or undergraduate: Additional materials, supplies, and equipment fee per student: $148 Terrestrial, $248 Maritime/Combined
Location: Pensacola, Florida

University of Arkansas

Dates: June 28 - July 30
Site: Watts Farm is a Late Woodland-to-Mississippi period site located just outside of Fayetteville, Arkansas. This field school project is part of a larger study examining Mississippi settlement patterns and lifeways in the Ozarks. Students will spend 4 weeks learning archeological field methods, including near-surface remote-sensing techniques, site survey and mapping, and excavation. Students will spend the final or 5th week of the project processing artifacts in the laboratory at the Arkansas Archeological Survey.
Instructor: Dr. Jessica Kowalski,
Credits: 6 hours
Cost: Undergraduate/Graduate Rates: $1872/$2,947 for residents; $5,174/$7,373 for non-residents. Lodging is not provided, but arrangements can be made on a case-by-case basis.
Location: Elkins, Arkansas

Georgia Southern University

Dates: May 17 - June 17
Site: Funded by a National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Program Planning grant, this project aims to research two American Civil War battle sites associated with the closing phase of Sherman’s advance through rural Georgia. These bookend a landscape of conflict with associated historic properties that were the witnesses and potential victims of both investigated conflict sites. Both sites are located in Southeast Georgia, in Jenkins and Burke Counties. One, (Lawton Station) is potentially on the GA DNR-managed Magnolia Springs State Park. Students will be trained in metal detector survey, unit excavation, GPS and Total station use, and potentially gain experience with geophysical survey. The battle sites are Buck Head Creek, and Lawton Depot, also known as Lawton Station. Both of these conflicts occurred as the Confederacy attempted to tactically slow, or at least constrain, Sherman’s inexorable approach to Southeast Georgia. The Battle of Buck Head Creek took place on November 28th, 1864, between US Brig. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick and CS Maj. Gen. Joseph Wheeler’s cavalry forces. It took place across what are now Jenkins and Burke Counties, a fighting Union withdrawal north from the area around the still standing historic Buck Head Creek Church through Reynold’s Plantation across the course of a day and over approximately three miles of period roads. A few days later, the main body of Sherman’s force approached Millen, GA in Jenkins County. On December 2nd, 1864, troops under U.S. Army Brig. Gen. John W. Geary, commanding Second Division of the 20th Corps arrived, and Geary noted “[t]he bridge was destroyed and the enemy’s pickets fired upon us from the eastern bank. These were soon driven away by a regiment of my command, and the bridge was reconstructed by the Michigan Engineers. I crossed it with my advance at 3 p. m., and encamped on the east side of the creek in the vicinity of Buck Head Church (United States, 1880, p. 269).” CS cavalry under Capt. Dobbs and the 9th Alabama burned the bridge at Buckhead Creek Church, and, in accordance with orders, fell back while constantly skirmishing with scouts and cavalry from units screening the 20th corps advance (Ibid:926). Dobbs and his regiment fell back to Lawton Depot/Station (United States War Department 1880, 44:926)—called Lumpkin’s Station by Union forces (Dyer 1994, 726; United States War Department 1880, 44:177)—where they sheltered under fire for a period before withdrawing into Screven County towards Beaver Dam Creek. Part of the skirmish location is potentially within the boundaries of Magnolia Springs State Park. Part of the grant funded project was to use LiDAR to document any surviving above ground indications of Lawton Station, field fortification from the battle of Buckhead Creek, and historic roads, structures, houses, bridges, and so on which would have been used by both Confederate and Union forces throughout both battlefields. This was then used to target fieldwork for the Spring field school and will be used to target fieldwork in Summer 2021. Follow Camp Lawton on Facebook and Twitter!
Instructor: Dr. Ryan McNutt,, P.O. Box 8051 Carroll Building, Rm. 1050 Statesboro, GA 30460-8051 Office: 912-478-2337 Fax: 912-478-0703
Credits: Options for 3, 6, or 9 hours
Cost: See:
Location: Millen, Georgia (Magnolia Springs State Park and its environs)

University of South Alabama

Dates: May 10 - May 28
Site: This field school will take place at the D'Olive Creek site, located on Mobile Bay in Daphne, Alabama (near Mobile). Native people lived at D'Olive Creek during the Woodland, Mississippian, and Protohistoric periods, primarily during the Bottle Creek (1250-1550 CE) and Bear Point (1550-1700 CE) phases of the Gulf Coast; the site is key to understanding Native life ways of the Pensacola Mississippian culture. Students will get experience in traditional & modern archaeological methods, including survey, excavation, artifact recovery and analysis, total station mapping, geophysical survey, and more.
Instructor: Dr. Erin Nelson,
Credits: 4 hours
Cost: Tuition and fees are $1411 (in-state) or $2727 (out of state). Does not include housing, which can be arranged on a case by case basis.
Location: Daphne, Alabama