Most of the 2017 University of Alberta Archaeological Field School (May 23-June 23) will take place on the Mattheis and Kinsella Ranches owned by the University of Alberta and managed by the Rangeland Research Institute. Student activities will involve surface survey, mapping and subsurface testing in native prairie settings, conduct of archaeological impact assessments for mock pipeline and well pad exercises, and excavation of stratified deposits with a focus on the Avonlea to Old Women's Phase transition. There will also be opportunities to learn from and work with Treaty 6 and Treaty 7 ceremonialists and to visit significant nearby sites such as the Viking Ribstones and Sundial Medicine Wheel, and to interact with members of the general public through "Stones & Bones" collection events. We will also work with the Strathcona Archaeological Society on survey for new Paleoindian era findings in the Brazeau Reservoir. Learn more about the field school settings at: Rangeland Research Institute, University of Alberta .

The discipline of archaeology at the University of Alberta has cracked the top 50 in the prestigious reputational QS World University rankings! 


Bear Tracks registration for the 2017 archaeological field school will open in February 2017. Instructor permission is required for registration. 

Prior to enrolling in the 2017 field school you will need to complete the on-line application form and provide a letter of reference. The link below takes you to the on-line form:


A summary of key information is at this link:


This link is for a brief orientation .pdf:





For More Information Contact:

Dr. Jack Ives
Institute of Prairie Archaeology
Department of Anthropology
University of Alberta
Tel: 780-248-2082

jives@ualberta.ca