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Archaeology Research Seminar

Archaeology Research Seminar description

A Study in Clay: Ancestral Pueblo Pottery Replication and Experimentation

Immerse yourself in an in-depth study of ancestral Pueblo pottery in this weeklong seminar. Part pottery workshop, part experimental archaeology, the 2013 Adult Research Seminar explores the technological and social aspects of ancient pottery production from the Basketmaker III through Pueblo III periods (A.D. 500–1300) in the central Mesa Verde region.


Create your own replica of an ancestral Pueblo (Anasazi) pottery vessel using traditional materials and methods

Conduct laboratory experiments to compare archaeological and contemporary clay sources in the Mesa Verde region

Tour the Anasazi Heritage Center and view its spectacular collection of ancestral Pueblo pottery

Enjoy evening programs presented by experts in Southwestern pottery

For a detailed description of daily activities, see the program brochure.

Activities and schedules subject to change.


August 11–17, 2013


Novice: Member* $1,495; Nonmember: $1,620

* Minimum $100 membership required. See Membership.

Deposit: $400

Balance due: Full amount is due 45 days before the program start date. Cancellation at any time: $200 handling fee. Cancellation within 40 days of the program start date: forfeiture of all payments.

Archaeology Research Seminar Details

Tuition: Tuition covers accommodations, meals, entry fees and permits, and local transportation after your arrival in Cortez until your departure from Cortez. Transportation to and from Cortez is your responsibility.

Accommodations: Our 170-acre campus provides space for relaxing, watching wildlife, walking through the pinyon and juniper woods, and enjoying panoramic mountain views from the rocking chairs on the lodge deck. We provide shared accommodations in comfortable, Navajo-style log cabins (hogans). Private rooms are not available and, depending on enrollment, couples might not be housed together. Shared, modern shower and toilet facilities are located in a separate building adjacent to the hogans. You will need to provide your own bedding and towels.

If you're thinking about joining us for another Archaeology Adventure before or after the Seminar, you can stay over on a Saturday night for an additional $40 per person. Saturday lunch and dinner, as well as Sunday breakfast and lunch, will be on your own.

Be sure to see Plan Your Visit to learn more about Crow Canyon and our campus.

Sharing the Campus: The Crow Canyon campus is a center of learning for children, teens, and adults! During the Archaeology Research Seminar, you may be sharing the campus with others, including children in school group programs.

Meals: Three delicious meals are served each day. You'll be treated to delectable, healthy meals that feature hearty entrees, fresh fruits and vegetables, and a salad bar. Most special diets can be accommodated.

Terms and Conditions

Go to Terms and Conditions for more information about tuition, cancellation and refund policies, and accommodations.

Reserve Your Spot in this Archaeology Adventure

It's easy to reserve your spot in the 2013 Archaeology Research Seminar. If you want to sign up online now, click on the button at the top of this page. Or, you may call or e-mail the enrollment manager: 970.564.4346 (toll-free 800.422.8975, ext. 146), programs@crowcanyon.org.



The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center's programs and admission practices are open to applicants of any race, color, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, or sexual orientation.

Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California
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