Boxed Springs

Archaeological Field School

Summer 2023

We are excited to open the first full archaeological field school at the site of Boxed Springs, located in East Texas! This important Early Caddo (~800-1200 CE) site has been heavily looted and altered in terms of the four earthen mounds and associated cemetary, but recent magnetometry work by Wichita State indicate a high likelihood of domestic features such as house footprints still remain. Students enrolled in the archaeological field school at Boxed Springs will learn excavation, artifact identification, curation, and flotation.

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girl with nose ring smiling, holding trowel in earthen pit

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Field school will run Monday, June 5th through Saturday, July 1st 2023. We will stay in east Texas for the duration of the field school. Transportation to the site will be provided from Wichita State campus. The research team will be working out of a ranch house for the duration of the field school. Students are expected to bring their own tents and sleeping gear, but will have continous access to full indoor, air-conditioned, wifi-enabled facilities including full bathrooms, kitchens, and TVs. Bathrooms will be shared between 3-4 individuals. All food will be provided, which we will cook as a team on-site. Weekends will be off, with local travel to cultural, historical, and archaeological sites provided, such as to the Gregg County Historical Museum and to Caddo Mounds State Park.

Students should expect a hot and sticky summer; with a focus on unit excavation, we'll have moveable shade tents but no permanent shade. We highly recommend starting the heat and movement acclimation process early in the spring to be used to the physical demands of fieldwork.

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Students are required to register for field school under ANTH690 for 4 credit hours under Dr. Dozier. Scholarships are available to accepted Wichita State students to cover cost of tuition; accepted guest WSU students from other universitys may also qualify if funding allows. Otherwise, guest students will follow the usual tuition structure, which includes discounted tuition for many students along the I35 corridor. Food and excavation equipment provided, students are expected to bring their own tent.

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Apply Today!

Fill out an application here. Review of applications will begin Monday, January 27th, after which all applicants will be emailed for further information. Accepted students will have until April 15 to register for the course, at which time we will open for students on the waitlist. Limited to 11 students, graduate and undergraduates welcome! The same application is used for the Boxed Springs Archaeological Field School and the Etzanoa Archaeological Field School.

people around a square table seven people standing in front of a river, dirty but smiling. A woman wearing a "Wichita State" hat smiles in the foreground.