Join archaeologists for the second annual public archaeology workshop at Castle Rocks State Park. This will be the final season of excavations at the Jensen Homestead, where John P. Jensen and his family lived for 18 years in the 1880s to 1890s.

This public workshop will take place on Friday, June 21st through Sunday, June 23rd, 2019, under the direction of the Park Archaeologist. Adults and teens (13+) who want to learn about archaeological principles and methods, as well as Idaho settler history, are welcome to participate. No previous archaeology experience is required. Participants will take part in all aspects of the excavation, including digging, measuring, screening, completing excavation records, and identifying artifacts.

The workshop is limited to 16 participants and the registration fee is $15 per person. Teens under 18 must participate with a parent or guardian. Register by calling 208-824-5910 or by emailing Registration deadline is May 31th and the non-refundable registration fee is due when you register.

Participants are responsible for their own meals, except for lunch on Sunday, when there will be a Dutch oven lunch prepared by the park. Fieldwork supplies, including gloves, are provided. A group campsite is available for no extra charge. Other accommodations are also available in the Almo, Idaho area. 


Friday, 1-4:30 pm

Overview of project and

excavation methods

Site Visit

6-7:30 pm

Optional - California Trail Tour in City of Rocks

Saturday, 8:30-Noon


Noon - 1 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1 pm - 4 pm


6 - 7 pm

Optional - Archaeology Hike

in Castle Rocks

Sunday, 8:30 - Noon


Noon - 1 pm

Dutch oven lunch provided by the Park

Project discussion over lunch

1 pm - 4 pm

Finish excavations and paperwork


  • Starting Friday, June 21st, 2019, repeated every day until Sunday, June 23, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm


Castle Rocks State Park

3035 Elba Almo Road
Almo, ID 83312


Castle Rocks State Park

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