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2010 ISU Field School in Historical Archaeology

Cherokee Towns in the Time of Spanish Contact

This project explores the natural and cultural landscape of East Tennessee in
the early historic period. Eastern Tennessee may have been visited by Her-
nando DeSoto in 1540 and Juan Pardo in 1567 as part of the Spanish coloni-
zation of the New World. Even though this colonial encounter was brief, it
probably had profound effects for the native residents of this region, possibly
ancestors of some of today's Cherokee. The 2011 season will be devoted to
survey, mapping, excavation, and artifact analysis of contact-period (Qualla
phase) sites in the Nolichucky valley in the vicinity of Greeneville, Tennes-
see. Coursework includes discussion and analysis of Spanish chronicles,
other sources of Cherokee history, and Cherokee archaeology. This research
is carried out in close collaboration with the Eastern Band of Cherokee
Indians and is supported by the ECBI Tribal Historic Preservation Office.

May 30– July 1, 2011

This course earns six undergraduate or graduate credits
from Illinois State University. Students can usually
transfer these hours toward a graduate or undergraduate
degree program. Students should inquire about credit
transferability with their degree-granting institution.
All students are required to keep a journal documenting
field and lab work. Students will also contribute to the
field school blog. The course will culminate in a public
presentation of student research to the community of
Cherokee, North Carolina.

Room and Board: $1150.00
Includes lodging, local transportation, excursions, and
meals while on field trips. Students are responsible for
all other meals.
Tuition & Fees (6 Credit hours)
ISU students: see tuition schedule
NON-ISU students: $2215.38 undergraduate
$1993.38 graduate
Incidental Fee (supplies, field trips)

Learn techniques of survey, excavation,

and artifact analysis in this six credit
archaeological field school.
Please direct all inquiries to:
Kathryn Sampeck, Project Director
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Phone: 309-438-8668
Fax: 309-438-5378


Please send a letter or email to Dr. Sampeck indicating
why you would like to take the course and include the Department of Sociology and Anthropology
contact information for two references. Campus Box 4660
Schroeder Hall 335
Normal, IL 61790