UAF Chena Townsite Archaeological Field School Certification

Two students reading a form at the Chena Townsite field school


The Chena Townsite Archaeological Field School, Directed by Dr. Justin Cramb, gained certification through the Register of Professional Archaeologists. This certification is recognition that the UAF program meets the highest standards of archaeological field training including professional criteria of research design, a qualified field director, a curriculum of formal instruction and proper data recovery and recording techniques. This also makes field school students eligible for scholarships through the RPA. Applications for the 2024 field school are now open. Please visit our Field Schools page for more details and email Dr. Cramb for application instructions (



Project Directors: Dr. Justin Cramb, UAF Department of Anthropology

The Course Will Cover:

  • Fundamental training in archaeological survey, mapping, and excavation
  • Historic document research
  • The basics of historic artifact identification
  • The basics of faunal (animal bone) identification

Location: Fairbanks, Alaska

Dates: 2024 Summer Session I

Application Deadline: April 1, 2024

Program Type: Accredited Field School (6 credits)

Affiliation: The University of Alaska Fairbanks Course Number: ANTH F490

Project Size: up to 25 participants

Experience Necessary: No field experience needed, but an Introduction to Archaeology class is recommended.

Academic Credit: Institution offering credit: UAF; Number of credits offered: 6


  • In-state tuition through UAF: 6 Credits*
  • Course Fee: $1000.00**
  • *Out-of-state students will be charged the in-state rate, Additional institutional fees apply
  • **Course or “Field Trip” Fees are applied to the cost of equipment, supplies, insurance, and transportation.


HOW TO APPLY: Please contact Dr. Justin Cramb prior to registration for permission to enroll.  (

The application deadline is April 1, 2024 though you are encouraged to apply early.

The University of Alaska is committed to equal opportunities for students experiencing disabilities.  Due to the rigors of the fieldwork, students with disabilities are expected to notify the instructor of any potential difficulties prior to enrollment so that arrangements may be made to ensure a positive educational experience.

Contact Information: Dr Justin Cramb (