Arizona - Kaibab NF
The Apex of Archaeology: Investigating the Historic Apex Logging Camp
2022 Apex Field School by Emily Dale
June 10-14, 2023 (including weekends)
Volunteers must commit to entire session
Join Kaibab National Forest Archaeologists and the Northern Arizona University Field School for a week-long investigation of the Apex logging site! From 1928 to 1936, Apex Logging Camp served as the headquarters for the Saginaw and Manistee Lumber Company. It included a railroad siding, logging spurs, maintenance buildings, employee lodgings, homes, and a schoolhouse. This PIT project and field school will investigate the Camp features, which will include the recordation of historic artifacts, site and feature mapping, and possible excavation, while introducing archaeology to the public. We will be located on the Tusayan District of the Kaibab National Forest, just west of the town of Tusayan, which itself is located just south of the entrance to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The project will be based out of the Tusayan Ranger Station. Volunteers will have the opportunity to either camp with the field school students in the back yard of the historic Ranger residence, or will be able to park a small camper trailer in its vicinity. The residence kitchen and bathrooms will be open for use by the field school and the volunteers during the morning, and during evening and nighttime hours; the building may be in use as an educational facility during the daytime. We hope you will join us in June for this rare and exciting adventure!
Please note: We will continue to follow COVID-19 protocols. If the state requires us to wear masks, we will; currently, our mask mandates can change weekly. The health and wellness of our volunteers and staff are of the utmost importance. As a result of fluctuating regulations, our project may be subject to change.
Number of openings: 3
Special skills: Must be physically capable of hiking moderate distances each day, often over moderate to hilly/rocky terrain, at high altitude, and in a variety (mostly hot and dry) weather conditions; must be capable of repetitive motions such as bending, stooping, and kneeling, and of lifting light loads; previous archaeological survey, mapping, and/or excavation experience helpful, but not necessary
Minimum age: 18 years old
Facilities: Volunteers will be camping – tents and small (e.g. pop-up) RVs permitted only; no hookups; potable water, chemical toilets, Ranger residence kitchens and bathrooms available at set times; volunteers responsible for personal camping equipment, meals, water bottles, and transportation to initial meeting area
Nearest towns: Project based near Tusayan; Williams, 52 miles
Applications due: April 10, 2023