Campus: CSU San Bernardino -- October 26, 2005

Cal State San Bernardino Archaeological Field School Receives National Certification

The archaeological field school of Cal State San Bernardino's Department of Anthropology has received national certification from the Register of Professional Archaeologists.

The field school, which operates at various locations in the San Bernardino National Forest, is one of only 16 field schools across the country to have been certified as meeting the rigorous standards of field training required by the Register of Professional Archaeologists.

The Register of Professional Archaeologists is a national organization whose purpose is to advance professionalism in archaeology. Certification requires meeting the RPA guidelines and standards for archaeological field schools, which requires preparation of a research design, instruction in all archaeological methods and techniques of survey, mapping, and excavation, laboratory analysis and reporting. In addition, course instructors must be RPA certified.

The CSUSB Archaeological Field School is a unique collaboration between the university, private industry and government. Indeed, the full name of the field school is the CSUSB/Statistical Research Inc./San Bernardino National Forest Archaeological Field School.

CSUSB handles student recruitment, admission, fees and academic credit. The field school is taught by professional archaeologists from Statistical Research Inc., a large archaeological contracting company with a California office in Redlands.

Since 2001, the field school has taught diverse archaeological skills, including survey, mapping, and excavation at a variety of prehistoric and historical-period sites in the San Bernardino National Forest.

Each year, field school students and staff live in a field camp full-time during the workweek, where meals are provided by a camp cook. Students spend portions of each workday doing fieldwork, alternating with formal lectures and laboratory instruction.

Both SRI employees and U.S. Forest Service archaeologists assist in teaching the field school. Guest lectures by local university professors and specialists are held most evenings around the campfire after dinner. Consultation and interaction with local Native American groups and other interested parties has been an important component of the fieldwork each year.

For more information on the Register of Professional Archaeologists, visit its Web site at http://www.rpanet.org. For more information on the criteria used to certify an archeological field school, go to http://www.rpanet.org/members/field_school_guidelines.pdf.

Media Contacts:
Dr. Peter Robertshaw, chair, CSUSB Department of Anthropology, phone (909) 537-5551 or e-mail proberts@csusb.edu;
Dr. John Douglass or Dr. Kathleen Hull, directors of the Field School and archaeologists at Statistical Research Inc., phone (909) 335-1896, e-mail jdouglass@sricrm.com or khull@sricrm.com;
Dr. Bill Sapp, forest archaeologist, San Bernardino National Forest, phone (909) 382-2658, e-mail billsapp@fs.fed.us.


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