Field School Equipment

Field School Equipment

Field Equipment

All equipment necessary for excavating, surveying, recording, photographing, and measuring will be supplied by the field school. This will include trowels, tape measures, clipboards, bags, pencils, line levels, GPS equipment, first-aid supplies, screens, and other necessary equipment. Students can bring their own but should have some way of identifying it from the field school's equipment.


  • 1 pair of sturdy work gloves of your choice (I recommend leather or latex coated; I advise against cotton)
  • 1 pair (2 recommended) of long work pants (you want something made of canvas or thicker denim (for example [not an endorsement],  or Amazon Link or Amazon Link) Note: they do not have to be Carhart--other manufacturers, such as Dickies, can be cheaper. Also, thick tactical pants will work as well. We are looking for apparel that is thorn resistant)
  • 2 pairs of long pants (regular jeans or hiking pants). These can be thinner materials that are more comfortable to wear 
  • Note: No shorts will be allowed during fieldwork. In part, this rule is for sun protection, but also, the thicker pants will be required for surveying, mapping, and excavation in areas where there are thorns and poison oak.
  • 1 pair of hiking boots: can be leather or canvas, should come above the ankles (e.g., not hiking shoes). Examples  
  • Sturdy hiking socks (~5 pairs)
  • 1 hat (I recommend full brim but not an Indiana Jones-style hat because they are excessively sweaty). Everyone will be required to wear hats during fieldwork
  • 3-4 works shirts: these are shirts you are willing to get dirty. Long sleeves are optional, but tank tops and crop tops are not allowed on-site.

Other Required Equipment:

  • A sleeping bag (a 3-season bag will be adequate. I would recommend against an arctic bag because you will overheat)
  • A day pack (consider one with a water bladder) where you can fit your lunch
  • Minimally one water bottle (32 OZ or 1 liter in capacity)
  • Sunscreen 
  • Bug spray
  • Toiletries and personal medications