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Summer 2002
Carl A. Bimson Humanities Seminar
Colorado State University
College of Liberal Arts
Department of Anthropology  and Laboratory of Human Paleoecology

Learning From the Field –Teaching from the Field:
A Collaborative Experience on the Nebraska High Plains


Table of Contents

  1. What are the costs of the Seminar?
  2. How do I apply for the Seminar?
  3. What if I'd like credit hours in conjunction with the Seminar?
  4. Where can I find more information on the Hudson-Meng site?
  5. Where can I learn more about teaching archaeology?
  6. Who are the instructors for the Seminar?
  7. What is the daily Seminar schedule?
  8. What should I bring to the field?
  9. When and where do we meet to attend the Seminar, and when do we return ?
  10. How can I be contacted while at the Seminar?
  11. Other questions?

What are the costs of the seminar?

All transportation, food, and field equipment is provided.  Costs that you might incur could include a room at the nearby bed and breakfast if you'd prefer not to camp -- the rates are about $45.00/ night (please contact the High Plains Homestead (308 665-2592) directly for reservations and current fees)..  If you would chose to enroll in one of the Summer Program Classes held in conjunction with the Seminar, you'll be required to pay Colorado State Tuition and fees.  Each participant will receive a stipend of $200.00, which can be used to defray any additional costs.

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How do I apply for the Seminar?

You can apply for the Seminar on-line.  A maximum of 15 participants will be able to attend.  We will be accepting applications until 5:00 PM on May 20th or until all 15 participant slots are filled, which ever comes first. More information on the application process is available. We will make every effort to notify successful applications on or before May 31

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What if I'd like to enroll for credit hours in conjunction with the Seminar?

For seminar participants interested in enrolling for class credit, we have several options available.  First, in addition to participating in the seminar, participants may also enroll for 2 credit hours of AP260 Introduction to Field Archaeology.  Second for participants who would like to stay at Hudson-Meng after the Seminar for the final 10-day session of the field school have the option of enrolling in either AP460 (Field Class in Archaeology- 3 credits) or  AP486 (Practicum - 2 credits). All of these options require permission of instructor (Dr. Larry Todd, in order to enroll and potential students also must apply for summer guest status at Colorado State University.   If you would like to explore any of these options, please contact Dr. Todd immediately.

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Where can I find more information on the Hudson-Meng site?

The results of excavations in the 1970s were published in a book by Dr. Larry Agenbroad The Hudson-Meng Site: An Alberta Bison Kill in the Nebraska High Plains, which is available at many libraries.  Photographs of our excavations since 1991 and a summary of the recent fieldwork is online.   If you're interested in the technical aspects of contemporary archaeology, a list of several recent publications is available.   An more general article that describes the differences in interpretation between the researchers who worked at Hudson-Meng in the 1970s and our work over the last 11 years is also available.  In order to read this article, you'll need the Adobe Acrobat reader, which is available to download for free at:

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Where can I learn more about teaching archaeology?

The Society for American Archaeology (SAA) has some very good information on there WebPages about using archaeological examples in the classroom.

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Who are the instructors/key personnel for the Seminar?

Dr. Lawrence C. Todd, Department of Anthropology. Colorado State University: Program Director and Coordinator.

Dr. David J. Rapson, Department of Anthropology, U of Wyo: Archaeologist/Guest Speaker and Research Consultant

Dr. Russell Graham, Denver Museum of Science and Nature: Paleontologist/Guest Speaker

Ms Jeana Lam-Pickett, Nebraska National Forest: Hudson-Meng Interpretive Coordinator

Ms Keri Hicks, Nebraska National Forest: Archaeologist

Ms Courtney Hurst, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, CSU: Environmental Education Coordinator, Guest Speaker

Mr. Paul Burnett, Department of Anthropology TA, CSU: Field Research Coordinator

Ms Robin Roberts, Department of Anthropology grad. student, CSU:

In addition, the field camp is also the summer home to about 25 Colorado State undergraduate and graduate students participating in our Field Class in Archaeology.  The Hudson-Meng site also is visited by several thousand people during the summer months when the interpretive center is open.

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What is the daily seminar schedule?

The daily schedule is as follows: breakfast is own your own with food provided and available in the cooktent; the field day begins at 7:00 AM (be ready to go at 7:00 AM); lunch is either in the cooktent, or out of cooler if we are away from the site.  The field day ends at 4:00 and 4:00-6:00 is free time.  Dinner is at 6:00 PM, and evening discussion are 7:00-9:00 P.M.

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What should I bring to the field?

In addition to a spirit of fun and adventure, you should each bring a well-built tent capable of dealing with occasional high winds, and a sleeping bag.  By late June, temperatures are usually pleasant, with afternoon thundershowers possible. Laundry facilities are available in Crawford, 20 miles from the site, but you should plan to bring enough clothing to last the full session.  In addition, the following items will make your life in the field easier: 

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When and where to we meet to leave for the seminar and when do we return?

Meet on CSU campus at 8:00 AM on Monday June 24th  in parking lot on west side of the General Service Building (see campus map).   Travel to site in two CSU vans will include tour of Agate Fossil Beds National Monument in western Nebraska.  If you prefer, you may also bring your personal vehicle.  We will return to Fort Collins on Saturday, June 29th.  The vans will depart site at 10:00 AM and arrive at General Services Building at approximately 3:00 PM.

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How can I be contacted while at the Seminar?

We have several telephones at the site, which you can use for out-going calls if you have a credit card.  The phone in the bonebed building (308 665-3900) has an answering machine.  We also have a phone in the cooktent (308 665-3909), but people are usually only there in the evening, and it is often busy.  We also have very slow internet connections, and there is limited access (due to the large number of people and the slowness of the connections) to email.  You can get mail (delivered twice a week) at:
1811 Meng Drive
Crawford, NE 69339

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Other Questions?

If you have other questions, please ask them here or email us and we'll get back to you as soon as possible:

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