CSU, Chico Archaeological Field School 2020: Exploring the Basin and Range
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Field Conditions

Camp site tents house participants of the Archaeological Field SchoolConcow Lake is located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains at an elevation of 2,000 feet. Summers are hot and dry and typically reach a high temperature of 90 degrees, but can be as hot as 110 degrees. Overnight lows average about 65 degrees. Wagontire shelter is situated in the Little High Rock Canyon of northwestern Nevada at an elevation of 6,000 feet. Summer highs temperatures typically reach the 90s, and lows dip into the 40s. Rain and wind are uncommon at Concow Lake during the summer months, but occur occasionally in the Little High Rock Canyon. You are encouraged to layer your clothing and have adequate raingear to keep yourself dry and comfortable throughout the day and night in each location.

Sifting on-site at the Archaeological Field SchoolWhile the work we will do is not extremely challenging, it is important to keep in mind that it is taxing to work in rugged conditions. Be prepared for physical work and life without certain amenities and comforts during each ten day field segment. We will typically spend a combined eight hours each day traveling to the field site and working. Be prepared to perform camp chores, including cooking, upon your return each afternoon. Hazards in both field environments include heat, rugged terrain, rattlesnakes, and stinging insects. Poison oak is prevalent at Concow Lake. To protect yourself from these hazards, wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen every day. Make sure you have a pair of sturdy hiking boots and the capacity to carry a full day’s worth of water (3 to 5 liters) with you. [View/download a list of recommended field gear.]

In the case of an emergency, the following medical centers will be used to treat all students.

For Concow Lake:

Adventist Health Feather River Hospital
5974 Pentz Road, Paradise, CA 95969
530-877-9361  |  www.adventisthealth.org/feather-river/

For Wagontire Springs:

Surprise Valley Community Hospital
PO Box 246, Cedarville, CA 96104
530-279-6111  |  admin@svhospital.org

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