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Archaeological Field Techniques

Program Details

Students will learn archaeological excavation techniques, artifact identification, site mapping, and photography and documentation by excavating one of the last remaining prehistoric Fremont habitation sites in the Utah Valley. This is a great opportunity to network with and receive training from experts at several universities, learn valuable skills, and learn expertise for multiple careers in archaeology.


  • ANTH 2030, Principles of Archaeology


  • Participants must be in good physical health and be able to hike and excavate (performing manual labor) in inclement conditions.


  • Provo, Utah

Program Dates:

May 22-June 20th 2023


$2000 (Including all transportation)

Suggested Payment Schedule (This does not need to be followed exactly. It is a guide so you do not have to pay so much at the end, but you can pay as much or as little as you want so long as the trip is paid in full before you leave):

  • Deposit: $200
  • Dec. 2, 2022- $300
  • Jan. 6, 2023- $300
  • Feb. 3, 2023- $300
  • Mar. 3, 2023- $300
  • April 1, 2023 - $300
  • May 2, 2023 - $300 Final payment

Deposit: $200

Deposit is due 72 hours after registration. If not paid in that timeframe, you may be dropped from your trip.

Payments can now be made online! Visit this website for instructions on how to pay your deposit and future payments online. Charges should show on your account within 24-48 hours after registration. If you want to pay with cash or check, please pay at the Hurst Center for Lifelong Learning.

Included: accommodation, meals, transportation, misc. fees, insurance, and tuition.

Not included: any unscheduled travel, incidentals


Itinerary is subject to change. Please attend all pre-departure meetings!

  • A pre-field meeting will be held at the end of spring semester for all students enrolled in the trip.

Academic Courses

Students who participate in this study abroad program will be able to register for up to six (6) semester credits through Weber State University in

ANTH 3300, Archaeological Field Techniques (6)

Program Directors

Dr. David Yoder will be leading the course and providing all instruction. He has 20 years of archaeological experience, having excavated over 40 archaeological sites throughout the region and directed the survey of thousands of acres on federal and state lands. he served as the archaeologist in the Utah Governor's office for eight years and has been teaching at academic institutions for over a decade.

Trip Cancellations

If Weber State cancels a trip for any reason, all participants will be refunded 100% of funds paid to the school. If a participant withdraws from the program for any reason, they are subject to the refund policy found on the first page of the application.  Deposits are always non-refundable, unless the program is canceled by Weber State.  No refunds will be issued 30 days prior to program start date. 

Refunds will NOT be given to students due to COVID-19 concerns. Before programs were canceled in 2020, every student was given the option to withdraw from programs without penalty due to COVID-19. This year students are applying, cognizant of the pandemic. Weber State will not intentionally place students into high risk situations. We will work together with Program Leaders and Departments on canceling should the destination demonstrate increased risks, be they from COVID or any other concern. As such, students must abide by the standard refund policy.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Study Abroad Office at (801) 626-8715.