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Archaeological Field Techniques

Program Details

Students will learn archaeological excavation techniques, artifact identification, site mapping, soil idenitifcation, and archaeological survey.


  • ANTH 2030


  • Participants must be in good physical health and be able to hike and excavate (performing manual labor) in inclement conditions.
  • Applicants must have instructor approval to register for this program.


  • San Rafael Desert, Utah and Big Horn Basin, Wyoming

Program Dates:

May 13 - June 5, 2024


$1800 (Including all transportation)

Deposit: $200

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

The program needs to be paid in full prior to trip departure. You may make payments in any amount towards the program at intervals chosen by you or you may pay for the program all at once. The choice is up to you.

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, 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. Once the course begins the instructor and students will travel to and from the field location for work sessions and return to Ogden for one four day break.

Location 1: San Rafael Desert, UT from May 13th to May 22nd

Break: Ogden UT from May 23rd to 26th

Location 2: Big Horn Basin Wyoming from May 27th to June 5th

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. Madeline Mackie will be providing all instruction and planning. She has more than fifteen years of experience in archaeology. She specializes in archaeology dating to the last Ice Age and has worked on archaeology sites throughout the West including Wyoming, Utah, California, Oregon, and Nevada.

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.