Explore ancient culture and history in the Moab area!
This unique archeology seminar spans the Moab area, from Professor Valley, to the Indian Creek Unit of the Bears Ears National Monument. Lodging includes stays at Canyonlands Field Institute’s field camp in Professor Valley, as well as commercial cabins with showers.
This new seminar is designed in collaboration with guest scholar Dr. Steve Simms. After serving as faculty for CFI’s Eastern Bookcliffs Archaeology for several years, Steve proposed this longer exploratory trip that will focus on “the northern periphery” of the Puebloan world – beginning with the Archaic Barrier Canyon culture and moving into Fremont and Ancestral Puebloan interactions in the region.
A dynamic learning opportunity
This adventure is perfect for desert dwellers and high-country newbies alike! Our experts provide context, connections, and anthropological research throughout various site visits. We will take day trips to see rock art and evidence of prehistoric occupation spanning thousands of years. We’ll also explore sites in the Canyon Rims and the Indian Creek unit of Bears Ears National Monument.
Focus on the moment – Connect to the place
You are here to experience rich southwestern culture! Come ready to immerse yourself within the breathtaking scenery, and let us worry about the details. Your CFI guides are responsible for cooking delicious meals throughout the trip, driving the rugged roads to our hidden trailheads, and providing any necessary first aid and safety gear. Bring your adventurous spirit and be ready to explore at your own pace!
The story I hope to tell is one of real lives of real people, not just a sequence of what tribe and “culture” lived where. It is also about change over the life history of individuals, not a static, unchanging traditional past. The beliefs of people about ethnicity and symbolism arose from those interactions, not the maintenance of strict boundaries. There are valuable messages for our own times."
Dr. Steve Simms, Guest Faculty