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Clarksdale, Mississippi

Carson Mounds Archaeological Fieldschool
Archaeological Field Session Carson Mounds

ANTH 335/635

  • Credit hours:6
  • Instructors: Dr. Jay Johnson, Professor of Anthropology
  • Dates: June 26-July 25, 2014
  • Cost: $675 plus tuition

Itinerary subject to change. Students should wait to make travel arrangements after confirming dates and times with instructor.

Students will:

  • Learn basic methods of mapping and excavation at one of the largest prehistoric ceremonial centers in the Mississippi alluvial valley
  • Conduct lab processing of artifacts
  • Explore advanced archaeological techniques including specialized laboratory analyses, GIS, and remote sensing using magnetometry and ground penetrating radar (GPR)
  • Optional weekend field trips to other major mound ites in the region


Students will spend four weeks in the Mississippi Delta. Lodging is TBD. Carson Mounds is near Clarksdale, Mississippi, the "birthplace of the Blues."

Who should go?

Undergraduate or graduate students from The University of Mississippi or other institutions who are interested in learning about bioarchaeology. No prior archaeological experience is necessary.


The program dates are June 26-July 25, 2014.


Students are responsible for their transportation to Clarksdale, Mississippi. Accommodations will be provided at a field house outside of Clarksdale. Daily transportation to and from the site will be provided via van.


Program cost for undergraduates is $675 plus tuition (students will only pay for 3 credit hours). Included in the cost are housing, one group dinner, and supplies for the field school. Excluded from the cost are the Study USA application fee, tuition, meals, transportation to Clarksdale, Mississippi, and personal spending money.


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