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Program Description


Kampsville in Field 2013

Quick Facts

  • June 9 - July 20, 2019
  • Participate in ongoing professional research and work side by side with professional archaeologists
  • Earn 9 credits
  • 2 program tracks to choose from Bioarchaeology & Human Osteology or Field Archaeology & Geophysical Testing
  • Open to all majors
  • Deadline to apply - May 1, 2019

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


Kampsville site map

Location Details

The Center for American Archeology is a teaching and research campus located in the lower Illinois River valley, one of the richest archeological regions in the United States. The center is located 270 miles southwest of Chicago and 80 miles north of St. Louis. The ongoing regional research program, permanent laboratories in lithics, ceramics, botany and geomorphology, 15,000-volume archeological library, computer center, artifact repository, and a score of resident scholars combine to make the CAA a rich learning environment for students and scholars alike.

Fieldwork will be at the Golden Eagle site (11C120), Calhoun County, IL, during the 2018 field school. Golden Eagle is the only prehistoric site in the Illinois River Valley that includes an earthen embankment or enclosure. The site is typically considered a Middle Woodland (ca. 2000-1650 BP) period site due to the presence of several mounds and the enclosure, though a Late Woodland (ca. 1650-1000 BP) debris scatter is present across its southern portion. Archaic (ca 9600-2550 BP) and Mississippian (ca 1000-500 BP) debris has also been found there.

Archaeologists have been aware of Golden Eagle for several decades, but the site remained minimally documented until 2013 when CAA archaeologists performed multi-sensor geophysical surveys of the site. CAA archaeologists and field school students began excavation of Golden Eagle in 2014, testing portions of the enclosing ditch-and-embankment, revealing evidence of building sequences and portions of other anthropogenic features at the site.

For More Site Info:
  • Herrmann, Jason T., Jason L. King and Jane E. Buikstra (2014) Mapping the Internal Structure of Hopewell Tumuli in the Lower Illinois River Valley through Archaeological Geophysics. Advances in Archaeological Practice 2(3):164-179.
  • King, Jason L., Duncan McKinnon, Jason T. Herrmann, Jane E. Buikstra and Taylor H. Thornton (2017) The Role of Geophysics in Evaluating Structural Variation in Middle Woodland Mounds in the Lower Illinois Valley. In Archaeological Remote Sensing in North American: Innovative Techniques for Anthropological Applications, edited by D. P. McKinnon and B. S. Haley, pp. 171-184. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa.
  • Ward, Grace M. V., Rechanda Lee, April Rothenbach, Amanda Wissler, Taylor H. Thornton, Jason L. King and Jane E. Buikstra (2015) Continued Excavations at the Golden Eagle Site (11C120). Paper presented at the 61st annual meeting of the Midwestern Archaeological Conference, Milwaukee, WI. 
  • Squires, Kristen E., Bonnie L. Etter, Claire Norton, Angela Cooper, Amanda Wissler, Taylor H. Thornton, Jason L. King, Jason T. Herrmann and Jane E. Buikstra (2016) Geophysical Survey and Excavations at Golden Eagle (11C120) Mound 2. Paper presented at the 62 annual meeting of the Midwestern Archaeological Conference, Iowa City, IA. 

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements


  • Open to all majors
  • Must have 2.5 GPA but 2.0 GPA considered with academic letter of recommendation
  • 18 years or older.
If you are not from ASU, you must first apply to be admitted as a non-degree ASU student (cost $25-50); this is for all programs. That means while you are participating in the program you will be an admitted ASU student. Once you have been admitted to ASU (this usually takes less than 24 hours), you will receive an 'ASURITE' login that will allow you to apply to the Kampsville program. You will be responsible for making arrangements if you wish to transfer that credit to your home institution.

Non-ASU students please consult this page for special information about applying to an ASU Study Abroad Office program.


Two distinct opportunities are offered as 6-week programs:

Enrollments are available in all 2 tracks for undergraduate and graduate students at all skill levels.

You can enroll in only 1 program per year. Due to the nature of each track and the time constraints of the field season, it is not possible to enroll in combinations. Please choose carefully. You cannot switch programs once you arrive in Kampsville.

Students in all programs complete original research projects under the close supervision of program instructors.

Kampsville student taking note


Faculty Director

Dr. Jane Buikstra, Ph.D
Regents' Professor

Buikstra’s international research encompasses bioarchaeology, paleopathology, forensic anthropology and paleodemography. Among her current work is an investigation of the evolutionary history of ancient tuberculosis in the Americas based on archaeologically recovered pathogen DNA.

Kampsville faculty

Dr. Jane Buikstra, Ph.D

Kampsville group photo


Student surveying field

Program Housing


During the Field School, students will reside in Kamp Store. Kamp Store is a historical store and home that has been converted into a museum and dormitory. There are no single rooms available. Beds are provided though students should bring a sleeping bag or bed linens (blankets, sheets, & pillow) as well as towels. There is a public laundromat within driving distance. Transportation can be arranged to laundry facilities for those students that do not intend to drive.

Breakfast and lunch are served Monday through Saturday lunch as part of your room and board fees. Students must provide their own meals Saturday evening and all day on Sundays. There are restaurants located in Kampsville where students may purchase meals. The meal plan begins with breakfast on the first Monday of field school and ends with dinner on the last Friday. Kamp Store includes access to a communal refrigerator, though no cooking appliances are available.


Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. 

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. 

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2019 is $6,050.

Program Fee includes: tuition for 9 credits of coursework, room and board, transportation to and from the site in Kampsville, most meals, and maintenance of classroom and on-site facilities.
Not included: ASU student fees, transportation to and from Kampsville, additional meals, optional excursions, books, personal expenses, and health insurance.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program Cost Sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.


Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 05/01/2019
Rolling Admission 06/09/2019 07/20/2019
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until Study Abroad Office contacts you to do so.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.