ANTH 260 - Introduction to Field Archaeology

  • 2 credits

Come join the 47th annual CSU archaeology field school. Earn 8 credits (2 for ANTH 260, Intro to Field Archaeology and 6 for ANTH 460, Field Archaeology). .

First, we will work for 2 weeks in the grasslands and foothills of Larimer County, where we will be surveying and mapping prehistoric sites, with some dating back to almost 12,000 years ago. We will drive back/forth from Fort Collins for those 2 weeks. Following that, we will be camping for 2 weeks in Boulder County, excavating a 9,500- year-old campsite buried along the St. Vrain River. For the final 2 weeks, we will be camping near Winter Park, and working on high altitude sites around Rollins and Berthoud Passes.

Learn the latest methods in field archaeology related to survey and excavation, including compass, GPS, and total station work. The field school is an excellent introduction to archaeology as a career and is a prerequisite for most professional jobs in archaeology.


ANTH 140 (Introduction to Prehistory); concurrent registration in ANTH 460 (Field Class in Archaeology).

Important Information

Please contact Jason LaBelle for full information about applying at


Jason LaBelle

(970) 491-0930 |

Dr. LaBelle is an archaeologist interested in Native American foragers inhabiting the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains of North America, with research spanning several periods over the last 12,000 years. His current work involves landscape level survey and testing of prehistoric and protohistoric sites surrounding the Lindenmeier Folsom site, a national historic landmark.

Dr. LaBelle’s research interests include grassland/foothills/mountain ecology, playa lakes, hunter-gatherer site structure, hearth cooking technology, lithic technology, and the history of archaeology. Past fieldwork has taken him across the Plains of Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Montana, New Mexico, Texas, and Wyoming. In addition to teaching and research, he is also the director of the Laboratory of Public Archaeology (LOPA), which houses archaeological collections and associated data from academic and contract projects located within the Platte and Colorado River Basins. Dr. LaBelle is currently president of the Colorado Archaeological Society (1000+ members) and has actively worked with avocational archaeologists throughout the Plains in documenting their collections. He has published articles in “American Antiquity”, “Archaeometry”, “Current Research in the Pleistocene”, “Geoarchaeology”, “Plains Anthropologist”, in addition to book chapters and technical reports in the academic and contract realms.