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Archaeological Field Methods

Students enrolled in this program participated in a unique field school that provided experience in a variety of techniques while working in one of the most significant archaeological regions in North America. 

In addition to well-preserved, deeply stratified deposits, the Lower Pecos has some of the most complex and important collections of ancient art in the world. Around 4,000 years ago, hunter-gatherer artists began transforming this arid region into a painted landscape. 

DatesRock Art

Summer 2019 Term: May 28 - June 28, 2019

Program Travel: May 28 - June 23, 2019  

Off-Campus Location: Shumla Archaeological Research and Education Center, Comstock, Texas

Program Objectives and DetailsStudents Working

ANTH 3317: Rock Art Field Methods trained students in rock art field methods. They gained first-hand experience recording rock art sites through photography, field sketches, mapping, and written inventories. Students generated a visual and written description of the art, which they used to infer and explain past human behavior.

View ANTH 3317 Syllabus

ANTH 3361: Archaeological Field Methodology will teach students about planning, organizing, and carrying out archaeological field investigations from survey to excavation to specialized data recovery. The focus is on the research strategies, techniques, and logistics necessary to design and accomplish successful field research. 

View ANTH 3361 Syllabus

Admission was selective, and space was limited.


Students concurrently enrolled in both courses listed below.

ANTH 3317.D01, Rock Art Field Methods CRN 52814
ANTH 3361.D01, Archaeology Field Methodology CRN 52815

Pre-trip orientation took place on the Texas State campus in San Marcos.

Online coursework was also required. 

Tuition and Program Fee

Tuition for six hours of undergraduate university credit (two courses):  $1,666.92 ​​

Program fee, which covered lodging, meals, Shumla administrative costs, supplies, and on-site transportation: $1,800

Important Note: Transportation to/from Comstock and personal expenses were not included in the Program Fee. 

The course tuition and program fee was billed and paid through SBS Billing and Payment.

Drops and Refunds

All university policies regarding installments, course drops, and refunds apply to all billed and paid tuition and program fees.

Applying to the ProgramWorking on Rock Art

Important Notes and Dates:

  • Applications are closed for this program.
  • Non-Texas State students began applying for this program on February 15, 2019.
  • Final deadline to submit applications was March 22, 2019.
  • Acceptance notifications were sent out on March 25, 2019.
  • Limited opportunities for scholarship support were available.

First Step: Students completed the following 2019 Field School application document and submit it directly to Dr. David Kilby at

Closed: 2019 Field School Application

Additional Steps: For those accepted into the program, the Office of Distance and Extended Learning also required that students complete an application using the button below.

After registration opened on April 1, students registered for the academic courses.

Registering for Courses

Once approved by the Office of Distance and Extended Learning and after submitting all required information and documentation, students registered for the academic courses through the Student Information System/Catsweb during the regular university registration period.

For more information about future course/program offerings, please contact Dr. David Kilby or Dr. Carolyn Boyd.

For questions about applying/registering, please contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning.