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Field Living Conditions

The 2020 archaeology field school will take place in the Eastern Sierras of California in Mono County at a field site about 7,000 ft. above sea level. Information on camp living, weather, basic expectations, safety, and transportation is below.

All field school students will be provided a detailed field manual explaining the conditions, equipment recommendations, hazards, emergency procedures, resources, etc. Here we offer a brief overview of conditions to help you evaluate our program's fit for you.

Camp Living

Final details of the field site are being developed with land agency partners. The following is a likely scenario and typical for the field school, but has not been finalized.

Participants will camp near the field site on Forest Service land. Students would supply their own tents and sleeping bags. Food will be cooked on camp, and students would assist with meal preparation during a rotation of days off from field work. Laundry would likely be available on students' off days or on weekends in the nearby town of Bridgeport. More information on camp conditions will be available at a later date. 


The field site will be approximately 7,000 ft. above sea level, which is below the elevation where most people experience Altitude sickness (8,000-10,000 ft), but individuals may vary. During the season, you can expect temperature highs of about 85 degrees and lows of about 32 degrees F (30 degrees / 0 degrees C). Warm clothing and an appropriate sleeping bag will be necessary. Long sleeves, a wide brimmed hat, and sunscreen are advised to protect the skin from sun during the day. Two 1 liter+ water bottles are advised for work in the field. 

Basic Expectations

Be prepared for hard, physical work and life without typical amenities and comforts. Students are expected to participate in all aspects of the field effort for the entire duration of the course. Work will proceed Monday through Saturday of each week with Sundays available for personal time.


Field research entails certain risks. Compliance with safety procedures is essential. The Department of Anthropology has prepared a field safety manual to offer information about hazards and first aid. All participants will be provided this manual and are expected to have read and be familiar with these guidelines. 


The field school will provide all transportation to and from field sites. Students interested in altering their travel itinerary must do so in consultation with Dr. Haas and at their own expense.