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Ghost Ranch Archaeological Dig – G230727


Ghost Ranch is well known for its beautiful landscape. However, the area also has a rich and diverse cultural history. The remnants of nomadic hunter-gather’s/agriculturalist’s archaeological sites dot the landscape representing of each their ancient lifeways. Archaeologists at Ghost Ranch are involved in a long-term research project that includes the excavation of two rock shelters which contain evidence of over 4,000 years of occupation. These include campsites used by Archaic foragers, Pueblo farmers and Apache nomads. 

Students will learn proper field excavation techniques while unearthing stone tools, pottery, animal bones and fire pits. You will also have the opportunity to assist in processing and cataloging this material in the laboratory for ongoing research. Nightly lectures and discussions will help broaden your understanding of the regional archaeology and artifact analysis. There are one and two week sessions under the direction of Mr. Haecker.  

Lodging options (includes meals)
Private Room $1228
Dorm Room (communal bath) $778
Camping $478

*Lodging cost applies to first person only.


Please use the options below to find helpful information regarding Ghost Ranch Workshops and Retreats

If you need shuttle service, please reach out to Kevin at White Buffalo Shuttle 831.359.8077 | nivek@cruzio.com

Virtual Events: Payments made for Virtual Events are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend the event, recordings will be made available to you after the event. For events with multiple sessions, every attempt will be made to make the session(s) available to you before the next scheduled session.

In-person events: Written notification must be received no later than 45 days prior to the start date of your workshop in order to receive a refund, minus a $150 processing charge. No refunds can be processed after that time. We reserve the right to announce a change in leadership or cancel any program 31 days prior to the first day of the workshop. In this event, you may transfer to another workshop without charge or we will refund the full workshop payment. (Many participants have found it helpful to purchase travel insurance). If the cancellation is received less than 31 days prior to your start date, your funds can be left on deposit for another Ghost Ranch workshop or future stay during this calendar year, but you must know the exact dates of your next stay. Or you can choose to make it a tax-deductible donation to support Ghost Ranch. This cancellation policy does not apply to January Term.

Ghost Ranch Scholarship Request

Thank you for your interest in applying for a Ghost Ranch scholarship. The typical scholarship amount is $100-350. We are able to grant more scholarships in the winter, spring and late fall seasons than we are in the summer months. 

You will receive a copy of your scholarship form after you submit it and should hear back from Ghost Ranch about your application within a 10 working days. If you have additional questions, please reach out to Robin Keck, robingk@ghostranch.org.


We understand there are some with special dietary restrictions. In order for us to best serve all, prior notice of any special needs is required.

Because we are a cafeteria style foodservice and our number of guests can be quite large, we are unable to accommodate individual meals for any guest. We are, however, always looking to be sure that we have an option that will fit one or more common and crossover restrictions.

Any severe allergies are taken most seriously, yet we cannot promise there will be no cross contamination in the assembling of products here. We highly recommend some personal option be brought along. We do have a few public refrigerators available, but there is no access to a kitchen or cooking.

We are also unable administer any medication, so please have your personal Epi-Pen” readily available.

We are glad you are planning to visit the ranch, and want your trip from beginning to end to be smooth.We rely on White Buffalo Shuttle for our guests. Kevin Spitzer picks up at the Sage Inn in Santa Fe the afternoon of the first date listed, and returns to the Sage Inn the morning of the last date. His phone number is 831.359.8077. Email is nivek@cruzio.com

The best way to get to Santa Fe Sage Inn is Groome Transportation. They are very helpful in assessing your flight info and getting you on the right shuttle at the right time. 505.474.5696/ groometransportation.com


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What day/time does the workshop start and end?

In-person workshops begin with check-in at 3:00 p.m. and a ranch orientation in the evening on the first date listed for the course and end at 10:00 a.m. with checkout on the last date listed.

Virtual workshops will have a varied schedule that is identified within each workshop description.

What is the difference between a room with private bath, a room with semi-private or shared bath, and a room with communal/dorm bath?

Private bath refers to the type of bathroom, not single occupancy

Private Bath Room: There is a bathroom in that one room that is not shared between or with any other rooms. The highest rate tier of Ghost Ranch lodging.

Semi-private/shared: There is a bathroom between two rooms that is shared by the occupants of the two adjoining sleeping rooms. These rooms will only be used as family or group suites, not to be shared by unknown neighbors as in the past.

Communal/dorm: There is a communal bathroom/shower in the lodging building and participants will need to exit their room to reach these facilities.

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  • The ranch Dining Hall serves three meals a day on a fixed schedule. We offer a vegetarian option at each meal. While the Dining Hall offers gluten-free items and vegan dishes at some meals, we cannot guarantee that these options will be available for each meal.  Let us know about this need in your registration notes. If it is necessary for a guest to eat a specific diet or if a guest has food allergies, the surest option is to bring personal food items to the ranch. There are refrigerators available for guest use in a few common/public spaces. 
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  • Charles Haecker
    Charles Haecker

    Charles Haecker was awarded a B.A (Anthropology), University of Georgia, in 1973, and an M.A (Anthropology), Eastern New Mexico University, in 1976. Since 1973 Charles has conducted archaeological research in the Southeast, Southwest, and southern Great Plains. Specific to New Mexico, Charles has recorded and test excavated sites representative of Paleoindian, Archaic, Puebloan (Anasazi and Mogollon), Nomadic Indian (Comanche, Apache, Navajo, and Ute), Spanish Colonial, and Territorial cultural periods. Charles has specialized in Spanish Colonial and military sites archaeology in the American Southwest. He has investigated battle sites and military encampments associated with the 1540-1542 Vázquez de Coronado expedition, the U.S.-Mexican War, Civil War, Apache, and Plains Indian Wars. Charles retired from the National Park Service (NPS) in 2016. Prior to retirement, he was staff archaeologist for NPS Intermountain Region-Heritage Partnerships Program, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In this position with NPS, Charles developed partnerships with federal and state agencies, Native American tribes, communities, and private citizens, toward protecting those places holding national significance in our nation’s history. Several of these properties were ultimately awarded National Historic Landmark status.

  • Maisie Morris
    Maisie Morris

    After retiring from the business world, Maisie became interested in Archaeology. From 1986 to 1991, Maisie worked in various field excavations, including work in California, New Mexico and Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California. Maisie found an interest in what became of the artifacts and therefore found archival work in museums. Maisie has worked with San Diego History Center Photo Collection since1993, and historic archaeological collections at SDSU and Fort Guijarros Museum Foundation, where she was the Archaeology Lab Supervisor from 1994 to 2012. In 1995, Maisie started leading the lab component of the Ghost Ranch Summer Archaeology Seminar. She enjoys this very much and looks forward to each new year of discovery.


Jul 09 - 15 2023



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