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In The Field

Summer 2021

California Field School

We are announcing the Clear Lake Archaeology Program, July 6-29, a project including archaeological survey and excavations, experimental archaeology, ground-penetrating radar training, and service learning with the community. 

 Clear Lake


Join us in the mountains north of San Francisco for an excellent and affordable introduction into archaeology, history, and service leadership with our local Summer Field School.

Learn about the rich cultural diversity present in our everyday landscapes. We will work in an area with stunning natural beauty located at beautiful Clear Lake.

You will be part of a team that will examine an area of the north central coastal ranges that has had few previous formal archaeological investigations and will greatly contribute to the emergent literature of the region.

Work on all aspects of the research project, including archaeological survey, excavation strategies, and artifact analysis.



 Three weeks in the Clear Lake basin on a research and service learning program of study. Finally, Foothill College’s Department of Anthropology is offering a low cost field program in California. Our course study will be led by Dr Samuel Connell and colleagues who are studying the remarkable history of the Clear Lake region through time. This summer student survey and excavations will focus on the historically significant site of the Ely Stage Stop, which was used as a stage coach stop, public house, hotel and a school for boys. Students will be learning all aspects of fieldwork from survey, ground-penetrating radar, excavation techniques and laboratory work. Eight course credits are offered [Anth 17L, 51,& 52]. The work involves defining foundations of the main building, finding the privies and excavating the out buildings. Each student is required to carry out individual research on a topic of their choice and prepare a Student Independent Pilot Project final paper. Lastly, every student will be heavily involved in community development projects with various stakeholders, to include the Lake County Historical Society.

Project Website for more details.  Preliminary Application is the red button on the right. 

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Project Directors & Instructors

 Samuel Connell, PhD (Foothill College)

Ana Lucia Gonzalez, MA  (Foothill College)

Douglas Prather, MA (Mendocino College)

Maureen Carpenter, BA (Berkeley)

John Parker, PhD (UCLA)


A Note About Covid: 

-Update April 2021 - This program is on, we are accepting applicants. Safety protocols have been put in place, see our website for further details. We are closely monitoring the current COVID-19 pandemic in advance of the 2021 field season.  

While we are planning for a field season in 2021, we will continue to monitor the issues around travel restrictions and the various jurisdictional requirements. We also anticipate applying strict COVID-19 safeguards to our operation both in the field and where we reside to protect ourselves as well as the community we are working in.  If, however, we are forced to cancel the program, we will alert all applicants immediately.

What will you be Learning?

  • California and Bay Area Prehistory
  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Evaluate to Sampling Designs
  • Use of Total Station Survey Instruments
  • Excavation Methodology
  • Artifacts ID, Curation, and Analysis
  • Write Professional Field Notes
  • Interpret data into behavioral activities
  • Data Management
  • Develop Field Reports.


Course Titles
ANTH 52 Archaeological Field Methods (4 units)
ANTH 50 Archaeological Survey (2 units)
ANTH 12 Applied Anthropology (4 units)
ANTH 17 Archaeology Lab (2 units)



 Short Course Description:

This course will introduce students to fundamentals in archaeological field methods and theory. It will provide on-hand training for the investigation of different types of archaeological sites including field survey and sub-surface sampling strategies. Students will learn to identify local artifact types and lab techniques for artifact cleaning, analysis, photography, curation, and data management. The course will provide students a foundation in local cultural and environmental contexts with emphasis on the application of anthropological theory for final report writing.


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Anthropology Department

Sam: 650.949.7197
Kathryn: 650.949.7751

Samuel Connell
Kathryn Maurer


Office 3017, Main Campus