Raven Site

Life At The Dig
By Mark Harris
  |  Gorp.com
Raven Site Petroglyph Trail

The center is a very comfortable place to stay thanks mostly to Jim's wife, Carol Cunkle. "I like to say I'm everything but the archaeologist, but of course wouldn't want to put anyone off with my hubris. My one responsibility is to bring in people who in turn, through their participation fund this project. This entails PR, marketing, promotion, and administration. My second job is overseeing operations of the kitchen and bunkhouse, and sharing the cooking duties."

The research at Raven Site is supported by guided tours of the site, participation in excavation programs with the on site archaeologists, guided hikes, and the gift shop revenues. All proceeds go directly into the research. Participants ranging in age from 7 years to 90 years old have excavated and worked in the labs. School groups, senior citizen groups, elder hostles, graduate students, foreign students, anyone with an interest and passion for archaeology is welcome. After a day of participation you will know if you are cut out to be an archaeologist. Many a graduate student has changed his/her major after working in the field a day or two.

The White Center haas flexible accomodations: you can stay in the bunkhouse, pitch a tent, or stay in your own RV (as long as it's self-contained). Three square meals are provided, and the kitchen will try to accomodate any dietary request. In season, most of the vegetables come from White Mountain's own garden. If you play a non-electrical instrument you'll want to bring it along. The evening campfires seem to draw the music out of everyone.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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