Field School in Archaeology and Oral History

Location: Dixon, New Mexico

Dates: June 3 - July 8, 2019

Faculty Director: Severin Fowles, Anthropology Department

Program length: 5 weeks

Language of Instruction: English

Term: Summer

Pre-requisites: none

Credits: 3 + 1 lab; fulfills Lab Science requirement

Class standing: Rising Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors

Application Deadline: April 1, 2019

Enrollment: Limited to 10 students

 

 

Program Description:

"Field Methods in Archaeology and Oral History" is an intensive 5-week course organized around a unique set of collaborations between scholars, students, and the Indigenous and Hispano communities of the Rio Embudo Watershed in northern New Mexico. Participants in the course gain formal training in archaeological field methods (pedestrian survey, site mapping, in-field artifact analysis, excavation, remote sensing, artifact and sample processing) as well as in the methods of oral history (structured and unstructured interviews, object-oriented interviews, memory mapping and ethnogeography), while helping build new understandings of the complex Indo-Hispano history of the region. In the process, participants work closely with local stakeholders and are guided in the development of interdisciplinary research projects that integrate the sciences and humanities and that are accountable to descendant communities. The field program is based in the midst of the beautiful and historic community of Dixon in northern New Mexico, just one mile from the Rio Grande with a view of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Students are housed in an adobe residence in the center of the village, where they have daily access to a General Store, Library, Post Office, and Cafe. Fieldwork and field trips during the course provide an opportunity to explore many historically significant sites throughout northern New Mexico, including Chaco Canyon, Taos Pueblo, Ohkay Owingeh, Pot Creek Pueblo, Chimayo, the Rio Grande Gorge, Santa Fe, and more.

Academics:

During the 2019 summer field season, we turn to examine the past six hundred years of inter-cultural relations in the mountain valleys of the Rio Embudo watershed, the traditional homeland of Picuris Pueblo and, since the early 18th century, of many rural Hispano communities. Working in formal partnership with Picuris Pueblo and through a network of established relations with local Hispano families, students will have the rare opportunity to participate in research that marries academic inquiry with the goals and priorities of descendent communities. The archaeological component of our research will be conducted on Picuris tribal lands under the supervision of, and in collaboration with, tribal leaders. There, we will conduct surveys and excavations designed to document the emergence of a regional political economy during the 15th and 16th centuries in which resident Picuris farmers exchanged corn and pottery for the bison meat and hides obtained by migratory Apache groups who increasingly entered the region from the Southern Plains. The oral historical and ethnogeographical components of our research will be multi-sited, designed to examine the new intercultural relationships that arose not just between Picuris and the Apache but also between both these indigenous groups and nearby Spanish-speaking communities over the course of the colonial period, resulting in the rich Indo-Hispano traditions of the region today.

Fulfillment of Requirement:

This course fulfills the 'Science with Laboratory' distributional requirement in the Barnard Foundations curriculum.

Application Procedures:

To apply, submit the program application by Monday, April 1, 2019. The application may be emailed to summerstudy@barnard.edu or hand delivered to the Provost’s Office, located in 110 Milbank Hall.

A complete application includes the following:

  • Academic Transcripts. You may submit an unofficial transcript with your application. If admitted, Columbia and visiting students must submit an official transcript. Transcripts may be sent electronically to Barnard College, Provost’s Office, attn. Giorgio DiMauro, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY  10027; summerstudy@barnard.edu
  • Academic Reference (for Archaeology program only). Please provide the name and contact information for one academic reference.

Students will be notified of the results of their application within two-three weeks of the deadline, and will be required to pay a tuition deposit at that time to hold their place in the program.

Application Timeline:

Rolling until April 1                                                    Application deadline
April 15 or within 2 weeks of acceptance               Confirmation of enrollment due

May 6                                                                     Tuition due

 

Eligibility:

General eligibility requirements for The Barnard Summer Study programs are outlined below:

  • Eligibility:

    General eligibility requirements for the Barnard Summer Study programs are outlined below:

  • The summer study classes are open to Barnard and Columbia students as well as students from other U.S. accredited colleges and universities.  
  • Individuals who have completed at least one year of college but who are not currently enrolled in school are not eligible to apply.
  • The completion of at least two full-time semesters of college is required and intending to return to home institution for at least one more full-time semester (students in their last semester of college are ineligible to apply).
  • Be at least 18 or older prior to beginning of summer term.
  • Most students who are admitted have earned a G.P.A. of at least 3.0.
  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing at your home institution.
  • An interest in the past and its remains in the present is the only prerequisite. No prior experience in archaeology or anthropology is necessary.

Application Review and Notification:

A review of a student’s academic records and personal statement is required to confirm admission to one of the Barnard Summer Study programs. Once an admission decision has been reached, the applicant will be notified of the decision by email, within 2-3 weeks of the stated application deadline. Only completed applications will be reviewed. If an application is missing a required component (i.e. transcript, personal statement) it will not be reviewed until the missing material is received.

Location, Accommodations and Meals:

The field program is based in the midst of the beautiful and historic community of Dixon in northern New Mexico, just one mile from the Rio Grande with a view of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Students are housed in an adobe residence in the center of the village, where they will have daily access to a General Store, Library, Post Office, and Cafe. Fieldwork and field trips during the course provide an opportunity to explore many historically significant sites throughout northern New Mexico.

 

Financial Information:

PLEASE NOTE: Students will be responsible for their own airfare and ground transportation to/from program location. All students participating in the program are required to live in Barnard-provided housing.

  • Undergraduate Tuition                               $4,500
  • Program & Activities Fee                            $300
  • Administrative fee for visiting students       $150

Financial Aid and Fellowships:                                              

Scholarships:                                             

  • Barnard Archaeology Fieldwork Grant: rovides a limited number of  students with up to $2,000 in support for their participation in ANTH 2011. Contact Prof. Fowles (sfowles@barnard.edu) for details. (Deadline: April 1)
  • Robert Stigler Fund for Archaeological Research: typically provides $500 to support first-time field experiences. Available to all undergraduate students at Barnard or Columbia. Contact Professor Fowles for details. (Deadline: April)
  • Barnard Anthropology Fieldwork Grant: provides a limited number of students with support for summer research projects (typically $500-$1,000). Available to Barnard Anthropology majors. Contact Prof. Fowles (sfowles@barnard.edu) for details. (Deadline: April)
  • Ella Deloria Undergraduate Research Fellowship: provides a limited number of students with support for summer research projects (typically less than $2,500). Available to Columbia Anthropology majors. See http://anthropology.columbia.edu/undergraduate-research-fellowships (Deadline: April)
  • Tow Summer Research Fellowship: provides a limited number of students with support for senior thesis research projects (fellowships range from $1,000 to $4,000). This is a competitive fellowship available to all Barnard juniors engaged in senior thesis research. (Deadline: early March)

Confirmation of Enrollment-Reservation Deposit:

Admitted students who intend to enroll must confirm their intention to participate by submitting a non-refundable tuition deposit of $500. This fee must be paid by april 15th or within two weeks of acceptance notification and will count toward tuition payment. Enrollment is not guaranteed until this payment is received.

Withdrawal/Cancellation:

After students have been accepted to the program and paid the required tuition deposit, they are considered an enrolled participant in that program. By making such payment they are expressing their intention to participate in the program, and acknowledge that the deposit is non-refundable. Payment in full is due May 6th. If a student cancels participation between May 6th and May 15th, tuition and fees are refundable, minus the $500 deposit. After May 15th, tuition and fees are non-refundable.

Should a program cancellation become necessary prior to the start, for reasons such as safety or under-enrollment, Barnard will refund tuition to the participants. Unrecoverable program expenses (e.g., airline deposits, housing fees) cannot be refunded.

For unrecoverable expenses, you may wish to consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance that can be obtained through many travel agents or insurance companies. Policies vary on what triggers trip cancellation, so you should check with travel insurance providers for more details.

Transfer of Credits:

Students who are not enrolled at Barnard should consult their home college/university to find out if their school will accept the transfer credits. Barnard is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools but each institution may have specific policies dictating what classes are transferable from outside institutions. Please consult with the professor for individual course syllabi.

Students with Disabilities:

Students with disabilities who are requesting accommodations during a Barnard Summer Study Programs program must contact the Barnard Disability Services Office to discuss reasonable accommodations. Students are encouraged to contact the office prior to applying and should register with the office as soon as they receive notification of their acceptance to a program.

Health and Safety while Traveling:

It is essential that students have adequate medical insurance coverage to participate in one of our Summer Study Programs. If you have the Barnard student health insurance plan, it will cover you domestically on an out-of-network basis. If you have other insurance, make sure that it will cover you for routine and emergency care, mental health, pre-existing conditions. Be prepared to pay up-front for care and submit receipts for reimbursement.

Honor Code:

The Honor Code is a vital part of the Barnard community because it helps to shape the character of Barnard College. The “Honor System” refers to the combination of the Honor Code, the Honor Board, and the members of the entire Barnard community who together strive toward building a community of academic integrity. All students on one of Barnard’s summer study programs are expected to adhere to our honor code. https://barnard.edu/dos/honorcode

Contact Information:

If you have general questions about your application or procedures, email summerstudy@barnard.edu for assistance. Students may also reach out directly to Professor Severin Fowles at sfowles@barnard.edu about Field Methods in Archaeology.