Archaeological Field School

UIS Archaeological Field School in Germany

The field school was last offered in 2007. The project is continuing with volunteer participants, and may be offered as a field school again in 2010. Thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation, 2007 participants including 6 undergraduate students and 1 graduate student received full support (airfare, housing, meals) to participate in archaeological fieldwork in Germany, July 18 – August 16, 2007. Students contributed to an on-going research project on economic diversity and use of upland mineral resources among early farming villages in southern Germany, beginning ca. 5400 B.C.

The project is a collaboration between the University of Illinois at Springfield and the University of Tübingen in Germany. Principal investigators are: UIS Professor Lynn Fisher; Dr. Rainer Schreg (Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, Mainz, Germany); Dr. Susan Harris (University of California, Santa Barbara; Research Associate, UIS); and Corina Knipper, M.A. (University of Tübingen and Institute for Anthropology,  Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz). Other participating faculty in the field course include Professor Linda Grimm (Oberlin College).

2007 field crew

Students in the field school are trained in archaeological excavation techniques, learn to identify and map Stone Age sites, and gain experience in recognizing and cataloging the kinds of tools and pottery made in this region from Neolithic to Roman times. Many experienced students have volunteered on the project. During the 2007 season, we conducted test excavations on Neolithic sites near the modern city of Ulm. Fieldwork continued with a German/American crew in 2008.

Local archaeologist Mr. Helmut Mollenkopf talks with project co-director Corina Knipper

Excavation at Borgerhau quarry site





ABOVE – Mr. H. Mollenkopf (Treffensbuch), shown above talking to project co-director C. Knipper, is a local avocational archaeologist who has provided generous assistance to the project since its inception.

RIGHT – Volunteer Emily Helton maps a scatter of stone artifacts at a Neolithic quarry site.

For more information, please contact Dr. Lynn Fisher.