College of Extended & International Education



Location: The Nancy Paterson Archaeological Site, Blanding, UtahAncestral Puebloan architecture, Utah

This innovative course is an activity-oriented introduction to the logics, practices and challenges of conducting archaeological fieldwork. Students and volunteers will gain an understanding of the Nancy Patterson Village and it’s place in the regional Anasazi system. Individual programs will be designed around specific research topics relating to: ceramic and lithic studies; Anasazi architecture and village design; social and religious aspects related to sacred landscape; and site conservation. The Summer 2011 class will organized around several research initiatives and themes.

First, will be a focus on the use of different sources of archaeological data for the understanding of the past. Matters of archaeological survey and excavation, and the use of different sources of historical information, including explorers’ accounts and site history.

Second, the program will incorporate test profiles at the Nancy Patterson Site, a Pueblo I- III “Anasazi” site located in southeast, Utah. Data collected will be incorporated into the existing site database housed at the Edge of the Cedars State Park, in Utah.

Third, classroom discussions will include current aspects of applied archaeology and heritage management in relation to career opportunities and strategies for employment.

Fourth, field trips to associated site within the Montezuma Canyon area will give an overall picture of “life within the Canyon”. The trips are an essential part of the class.

Fifth, a series of On-campus exercises, at the College of Eastern Utah, involving site recording, mapping, profile drawing and artifact description and identification will be held daily.

As an upper division elective for the Archaeology concentration with in the Anthropology major, this class emphasizes the development and implementation of archaeological research with a special focus on field methods and will:

  1. Introduce students to a variety of archaeological problems, methods an approaches relation to archaeological survey, excavation, artifact analysis and spatial analysis.
  2. Directly involve undergraduates in on-going faculty directed archaeological research.
  3. Expose students to practical dimensions of conducting archaeological fieldwork covering issues such as research funding, research permits, logistics and planning, and establishing field camps.
  1. Course Objectives Are Met By
      1. Combination of lectures, labs, student projects and fieldtrips.
      2. Individual student portfolio consisting of field journal, site records, photographic records and lab notes.
      3. Group mapping projects or artifact analyses.
  1. Learning Objectives

   At the conclusion of the course, student should be able to:

  1. Recognize “Anasazi” materials and sites.
  2. Prepare site survey records including compass and pace sketch maps.
  3. Photograph and docoument archaelogical sites and materials suitable for publication.
  4. Discuss and describe research objectives and methods as implemented in field trips, lab projects or group projects.
  5. Describe basic techniques of archaeological survey and/or excavation.
  1. Means of Assessment and Grades

The emphasis on this course is the participation, which includes physical labor, there are no exams during the course. The objective is to involve you in a program of archaeological research. Your participation is documented by a research portfolio consisting of a journal, site records, photographic records and a mapping project. Grades are based on a standard scale: 100-93=A, 92-90=A-, 89-87=B+, 86-83=B, 82-80=B, 79-77=C+, 76-73=C, 72-70=C-, etc.

Located at the southern entrance to Montezuma Canyon, the Nancy Patterson Site represents an isolated microcosm in American History with a full and continual record that spans the early development of cultural groups and social interactions within the greater four corners region. To date, studies over the past 26 years at the Nancy Patterson Site have confirmed it to be a center of major importance in America Southwest History representing more than 100 year of historic history and over 800 year of prehistoric history from the known archaeological record.  It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The addition of Spirit Bird Cave into the site interpretation has established the village as a place of spiritual and ceremonial importance.

A member of  the beginning work conducted by BYU Field School in the early 1980’s, Daniel Cutrone has continued as the Principle Investigator since 1994 He has devoted much of his adult life to the Nancy Patterson Site and is a leading researcher in the Montezuma Canyon area. As both a geologist and an anthropologist, his broad background and university teaching experience has given him a unique and one of a kind understanding these fields. His research has introduced new insights and theories to present day Southwest archaeology and has been presented yearly at the Pecos Conference.

Required reading from the BYU Technical series covering the 1983-86 field sessions will be used as well as past and current research articles relation to the region and the Anasazi. Special focus will be placed on articles related to the Hopi and Zuni social networks in relation creation stories and the sacred landscape.

$750.00 for 3 Units
Transportation to the site must be arranged by each individual and travel insurance must be purchased in advance.
Limited primitive on site camping must be made in advance. Food and Hotel packages ranging form $750.00 t0 $1000.00 can be arranged.

Class will meet in Blanding Utah on June 20, 2011 and continue through to July 8, 2011. Orientation for CSUDH students approximately two weeks prior to course. Date to be determined.

Daniel A. Cuatrone, Adjunct, CSU Domininguez Hills
Daniel Cuatrone ( MA, 2006) has been the Principal Investigator at the Nancy Patterson Site since 1994, and he has devoted most of his adult life to investigations of the Montezuma Canyon region.  Trained as a geologist and anthropological archaeologist, Cuatrone has a broad background in university teaching.  Through his research presented in professional conferences and scientific papers, Cuatrone has introduced new sites and theories to Southwestern archaeology.

To enroll: contact the CSUDH College of Extended Education (310) 243- 3741

For more information, contact Daniel Cuatrone (562) 863-2378 or Dr. Jerry Moore, Department of Anthropology, CSUDH at

Dates: 6/20/11 - 7/8/11
Days: M-T-W-Th-F
Times: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Location: On Site
Instructor: Cutrone
Fee: See above
CRN: 30510

All participants must be enrolled students.