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Program Description


Kampsville in Field 2013

This intensive course will provide students hands on practice in field and laboratory methods within the context of the Center for American Archeology's ongoing landscape-scale research project in the Lower Illinois Valley. Students will have the option of enrolling in one of two tracks during the field school; Bioarchaeology and Human Osteology or Field Archaeology and Geophysical Testing. The Center for American Archaeology is located in the lower Illinois River Valley, a location where ongoing archaeological and bioarchaeological research has been conducted since the 1960s. The Field School provides an educational immersion experience within the context of a larger, innovative center dedicated to archaeological research, education, and outreach. 

Quick Facts

  • June 13 - July 24, 2021
  • 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 at ASU
  • Open to non-ASU students as well, please consult these instructions before applying to the program. 
  • Deadline to apply - May 1, 2021

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 .


Kamspville Map

Kampsville German SiteLeft: Subset of German site 2019 magnetic survey results. Right: Sq 1, one of four 1x2m unites excavated into the house basin in 2019 

Kampsville German Site SherdsThree refit sherds from the German site


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 German site (11C377) for 2021. The German Site (11C377) is a Late Woodland / Jersey Bluff Phase (ca. 800-1200 CE) habitation site located on a colluvial slope in the Crawford Creek valley, approximately 1.8 km from the main channel of the Illinois River. Geophysical survey results indicate several possible structures and associated features are present at the site. During the 2019 field season, one of the house basins and several nearby features were excavated. Excavators recovered domestic artifacts, including chert tools, pottery, animal bone, and botanical remains. In 2021 we will continue to excavate house basins and associated features in order to better understand those who lived at the site and their interactions with other communities in the Lower Illinois Valley, Central Illinois Valley, and American Bottom.

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
  • Open to non-ASU students - please consult these instructions before applying to the program. 
  • 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:

Enrollment is available in either track for undergraduate and graduate students at all skill levels:

  • Undergrad students will enroll in ASM 338 (9 credits)
  • Graduate students will enroll in ASM 583 (9 credits)

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 German Fieldwork


Faculty Director

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

Kampsville Group Photo


Kampsville Museum

Program Housing


During the Field School, students will reside in Kamp Store Dorm. Kamp Store Dorm 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.

Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners are served Monday through Saturday lunch as part of your room and board fees. Students must provide their own meals Saturday evening (dinner) and all day on Sundays (breakfast, lunch, dinner). There are restaurants located in Kampsville where students may purchase meals. The meal plan begins with breakfast on the first Monday of the field school and ends with dinner on the last Friday. Kamp Store Dorm includes access to a communal refrigerator and microwave.


Special Considerations

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

Physical Considerations

Domestic Global Learning program participants may find themselves walking or taking public transport more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus. This program offers two tracks for students to select from and each offers a different learning environment; 

  • Bioarchaeology + Human Osteology - Students should be aware this is a classroom and lab-based course. 
  • Field Archaeology + Geophysical Testing - Students should be aware that they will be working outside in humid, summer weather. The upper temps in June and July can reach the high 90s. Geophysical survey is done in the open field; it can’t be done under a shade structure due to the nature of the activity and instruments. Excavation is performed under shade tarps. There is adequate shade for resting at the site away from the work area. The site is in a field, so there is somewhat uneven terrain. Excavation involves somewhat repetitive physical activity—shoveling, scrapping, bending, squatting, etc. Ideally, students should be capable of lifting 20-25 pounds, though we can easily work around that as necessary. 

Overall, there are flying and biting insects outside, which sometimes surprises students from more arid environments. Common nuisance insects are mosquitoes, “buffalo gnats” (black flies), chiggers, and ticks, as well as bees and wasps.  

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do participate in Domestic Global Learning programs. Although the American with Disabilities Act applies throughout the United States, the availability of specific accommodations may vary, especially in older buildings or pubic sites.

While the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites, we will work with you in advance of your departure to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific 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. 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.

Other Considerations 

The United States is a vast, diverse nation with many different cultural norms and local/state laws. Students of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, or racial and ethic backgrounds may find that the social climate, local laws, and norms differ widely through the country. When traveling, you may be treated differently - or be expected to treat others differently - based on your identity. 

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the racial, ethnic, socio-economic, and political composition of your program location and exploring its unique history.  

You can find additional information and resources on our Supporting Diversity page. 


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2021 is $TBD.

Program Fee includes: tuition for 9 credits of coursework, accommodations, transportation to and from the field site in Kampsville, most meals, and maintenance of classroom and on-site facilities.
Not included: ASU student fees, transportation to and from Illinois, meals on the weekend, 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 Program

Participating in a Domestic Global Learning (DGL) program 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. 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 Office 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 2020 05/01/2020
Rolling Admission 06/14/2020 07/24/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** 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.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.