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OJC Press Release ID: 2932

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

OJC to Host Summer Archaeology Field Course


Otero Junior college will host a summer archaeology course which consists of 4 weeks of intensive field and lab work to give students experience in archaeology. The class will meet Monday through Friday, and hosted in conjunction with Trinidad State Junior College.

The course will be worth three semester credit hours, beginning on June 3 and continuing through the end of the month. According to Mark Korbitz, OJC science faculty and Archaeology Field Camp instructor, the first three weeks of the course are to be spent on-site at JE Canyon Nature Conservancy Ranch, and the last week of the course will be spent on campus working with the artifacts, lab processing, and analysis. While on the ranch, students will have nightly access to an indoor facility with a kitchen, bathroom, and single beds.

“This course can be strenuous, so interested students need to be prepared for working outside- hiking digging with shovels and trowels, moving buckets of dirt and rock, and screening dusty material,” Korbitz explained. “We will also be staying in a remote area for three weeks, located southwest of La Junta and east of Trinidad; access to cell service and other amenities may be limited.”

The course will be exploring Chacuaco Canyon, which is in the center of the ranch. According to Korbitz, the students will be excavating and recording artifacts found in one major rock shelter and several others in the area as time permits. It is expected that students will find evidence of human occupation and use that extends back thousands of years based on regional and previous research. Korbitz and Dr. Kimberly Munro from TSJC will lead the Archaeology Field Camp.

For more information, call Korbitz on his cell number, 719-469-8743. Enrollment for the Archaeology Field Course is now open.


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Otero Junior College students explore the JE Canyon Nature Conservancy Ranch.