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GAICAP Archaeological Field School

The GAICAP archaeological field school is now taking applications for the 2022 field season. The deadline to apply is March 18, 2022, and places are limited, so please complete your application today.

Geté Anishinaabe Izhichigéwin (or “ancient Indigenous lifeways”) Community Archaeology Project (GAICAP) is a one-of-a-kind collaborative Indigenous archaeology field school directed by the Red Cliff Tribe of Lake Superior Chippewa’s Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO) and archaeologists at North Dakota State University and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. For six weeks in 2022 (June 11th–July 24th) we will be returning for our fourth annual field season of survey, excavation, and service learning at Red Cliff, WI.

GAICAP course content includes an introduction to Miskwaabikong Anishinaabeg (Red Cliff Ojibwe) history and culture, archaeological survey methods, excavation, GPS and total station operation, artifact cataloguing and curation, and service-learning at the annual Red Cliff pow wow and summer language camp.

College Credit
College credit (3 or 6 credit hours) is available for students who enroll for ANTH 496/695 through North Dakota State University’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Class Dates
June 11th – July 24th, 2022

Food and Accommodation
Course participants will camp as a group from June 11th to July 24th at Red Cliff. Evening meals will be catered five days a week. Camping and meal costs are included in course fees. Students are responsible for transportation to/from Red Cliff, tent, personal camping gear, and suitable outdoor clothing.

COVID-19 Safety Measures
All applicable Red Cliff, State, and NDSU Covid-19 advice and ordinances will be followed, including mandatory face covering indoors.

There is a flat course fee of $250. This fee helps defray the cost of food, lodging, and vehicle rentals in the field. Additionally, enrolled students pay a per-credit tuition fee at the standard NDSU rates based on residency.

Application Process
Apply before March 18th, 2022, to secure your place.
Apply now here.

For information about the application process or course enrollment, contact Dr. John Creese at or Dr. Heather Walder at For information about the tribal monitor training program, contact Mr. Marvin DeFoe, Red Cliff THPO, at


For a List of additional international field school programs please visit

Shovelbums Archeology and Anthropology Field Schools Directory

The Archaeological Institute of America’s Fieldwork Opportunities Bulletin