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Crow Canyon Research
Crow Canyon's research focuses on the ancestral Pueblo (Anasazi) occupation of the Mesa Verde region. In 2017, Crow Canyon launched the Northern Chaco Outliers Project, an investigation of an ancestral Pueblo village with two Pueblo II period (A.D. 950–1150) great houses.
The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center maintains high standards of research and scholarship. Students and adults participating in the Center's programs are closely supervised by research and education staff members in the field and the lab, ensuring a positive learning experience for them, as well as high-quality research for the profession. In addition, s—many of them descendants of the ancestral Pueblo people—consult on all facets of our research, and colleagues from many other disciplines contribute their expertise to help us achieve our objectives. In such an environment, archaeology interns have the opportunity to gain valuable experience in working with, and learning from, a wide variety of people.
What Do Archaeology Interns Do?
Field interns will gain experience in some or all of the following areas:
- instructing and supervising lay participants in basic excavation techniques and archaeological concepts
- answering questions about research that are posed by site visitors
- excavating and recording architectural and nonarchitectural contexts
- maintaining provenience control for excavated contexts and cultural materials
- writing narrative notes and completing provenience forms
- drawing measured plan maps and cross sections
- drawing and describing stratigraphic profiles
- using a total station
- photographing archaeological contexts
- surveying for buried structures using electrical-resisitivity geophysical equipment
Laboratory interns will gain experience in some or all of the following areas:
- processing archaeological specimens and samples
- maintaining provenience control for cultural materials and records
- analyzing a variety of artifacts, including pottery, stone tools, and stone debitage
- managing archaeological collections using a relational database
- maintaining a small research library
- instructing and supervising lay participants in artifact identification and laboratory methods and procedures
Laboratory internships will emphasize cataloging and analysis of archaeological collections, particularly pottery and stone artifacts. Interns will also have the option of working on a special project involving analysis and interpretation of artifact collections.
Applicants should meet the following requirements:
- advanced undergraduate or graduate course work in archaeology, anthropology, museum studies, or related fields
- minimum of four weeks of archaeological field and/or laboratory experience
- motivation to improve field, laboratory, and (field and laboratory applicants only) teaching skills
- ability to work as part of a team (interns attend research staff meetings and participate in discussions about research strategies and organization and scheduling of work)
- (field and laboratory applicants only) desire to instruct lay participants ranging from fourth graders to adults, many of whom have no previous archaeological experience
- ability to perform technical work, make careful observations, and record data legibly and accurately