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Dr. Sarah Oas Awarded Society for American Archaeology Dissertation Award.

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Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Oas for her incredible achievement in earning the 2020 Society for American Archaeology Dissertation Award! This award was presented for her detail-driven study into the transformation of food storage, preparation, and consumption in the Cibola region of the Southwest.

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Crow Canyon Events

Four Corners Lecture Series presents Recent Archaeological Research by Brigham Young University in Southeast Utah with Dr. Jim Allison

Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. MDT

Over the last ten years, research by BYU faculty and students has included excavations at two large sites (Alkali Ridge Site 13 and Coal Bed Village), a variety of site documentation projects, and reanalysis of old artifact collections and survey data. This talk summarizes recent research and what that research tells us about the dynamic history of ancestral Pueblo settlements in southeastern Utah.

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Four Corners Lecture Series Presents Chaco’s Monumental Roads: New Fieldworks and Insights with Robert Weiner

Thursday, August 13 at 4 p.m. MDT

Rob will present new findings about the use and meanings of symbolic roadways in the pre-contact U.S. Southwest, with emphasis on issues of inequality, regional organization, and religion.

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Internships

Crow Canyon offers paid summer internships to undergraduate and graduate students in archaeology, anthropology, education, and related fields.

Stay tuned for information on 2021 opportunities

For internship details, select the appropriate "Description," below:

Archaeology Internships

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  • Field 1 & 2
  • Field 3 & 4
  • Laboratory 1 & 2
  • Laboratory 3 & 4

Education Internships

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    Education Internships

    Internship Dates

    • Stay tuned for information on 2021 opportunities

    The following is provided for general informational purposes only.

     

    Crow Canyon Education

    The Crow Canyon education department uses experiential, student-centered education methods to engage learners of all ages in an inclusive and dynamic study of the human past. The staff works toward this goal by teaching about past and present cultures of the Southwest, investigating student learning, and communicating the Center's educational methods and theories to others. The work of the department is guided by a respect for, and is conducted in collaboration with, Native Americans. Archaeology, education, applied anthropology, and Native American studies provide the academic foundation for Crow Canyon programs.

    Crow Canyon's innovative education programs not only provide instruction in archaeology, but also involve the lay public in the actual research process. This firsthand approach increases awareness of, and appreciation for, our rich cultural heritage, while providing broad-based support for archaeological research and preservation. Through Crow Canyon's programs, students of all ages gain an understanding of culture, Native American history, archaeological research, human interaction with the environment, and the importance of cultural resource preservation.

    Full-time educators at Crow Canyon have academic and professional backgrounds in education, archaeology, anthropology, museum studies, and American Indian studies. The staff collaborates with archaeologists and Native Americans to develop educational programs that engage both children and adults. Curricula and lesson plans emphasize an experiential approach to learning and draw upon the results of Crow Canyon's archaeological research into the ancestral Pueblo (Anasazi) Indians of the Mesa Verde region. In such an environment, education interns have the opportunity to gain valuable experience in working with, and learning from, a wide variety of people.

    Principles that Guide Our Work

    • Everyone's history matters.
    • Archaeological research and indigenous perspectives are essential to building a more inclusive story of the human past.
    • Archaeological sites hold the stories of the past and must be preserved for the future.
    • Experience and reflection form the foundation for meaningful learning.
    • Archaeology is a multidisciplinary field.
    • The learning environment should engage students in the learning process and promote respect for culture, the environment, and other people.

    What Do Education Interns Do?

    Education interns will gain experience in some or all of the following areas:

    • helping participants learn the chronology of the American Southwest, especially that of the ancestral Pueblo people
    • teaching traditional skills (pottery making and fire starting)
    • instructing participants in archaeological concepts and methods
      • in 2018, the intern will work primarily with elementary, middle, and high school students—education background and interest preferred
    • assisting with the supervision of lay participants in archaeological excavations
    • conducting tours of Crow Canyon's archaeological excavations and leading trips to other ancestral Pueblo sites in the Mesa Verde region
    • developing curricula related to Crow Canyon's education and research
    • assisting educators in the classroom (indoors and outdoors) and in preparing class materials

    Course Work and Skills Required

    Applicants should meet the following requirements:

    • advanced undergraduate or graduate course work in education, museum studies, archaeology, anthropology, Native American studies, or a related field
    • ability to work as part of a team (interns attend education staff meetings and participate in discussions about education strategies and organization and scheduling of work)
    • ability to work well with students ranging from fourth graders to senior citizens, many of whom have no previous archaeological experience
    • ability to adapt in a dynamic work environment
    • ability to work and live in outdoor settings and perform rigorous physical duties

    Archaeology Internships

    Internship Dates

    • Field 1 & 2: Stay tuned for information in 2021 opportunities
    • Field 3 & 4: Stay tuned for information in 2021 opportunities
    • Laboratory 1 & 2: Stay tuned for information in 2021 opportunities
    • Laboratory 3 & 4: Stay tuned for information in 2021 opportunities

    The following is provided for general informational purposes only.

    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, American Indians—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.

    Full Job Description

    Requirements

    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

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