Course Description: This summer is the museum’s 22nd annual archaeological field school. This year’s excavations continue to focus on preserving archaeological resources surrounding the historic Penhallow House (pictured above) in advance of the house’s rehabilitation as part of the Heritage House Program. This course is intended to offer students in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, history, or related fields, hands-on training in field and lab methodology. Museum tours, required readings on Historical Archaeology, and quizzes introduce students to various areas of historic specialization. This summer the museum offers a field session as well as a lab session (by popular request). Students may choose either or both (the field session is not a pre-requisite for the lab session).
During the Field Session (June 4-15), students are trained in archaeological field techniques and learn to identify historic artifacts. This field school places a special emphasis on public interpretation. Students interact with museum visitors daily, and are expected to offer interpretation of the site and the excavation activity.
During the Lab Session (June 18-29), students work in the Carter Collections Center laboratory to gain experience in processing, identifying, and cataloging artifacts recovered from the Penhallow site. Students are expected to prepare a blog post or interpretive panel to describe artifacts to museum visitors.
Requirements: This field school does not require previous archaeological experience, though coursework in anthropology, archaeology, or history might be helpful. For the Field Session: Archaeological fieldwork can be demanding. Students should be able to work well as part of a team and tolerate physical activity in the summer weather. Students should also be comfortable kneeling, bent, or standing for long periods of time; and be able to lift heavy loads, climb in and out of deep trenches, and work on uneven terrain. If you are concerned about the requirements, please contact the instructor to make accommodations for your involvement in the fieldwork without risk of injury to yourself or others, or damage to the integrity of the site.
Available Credits: Students may arrange to receive academic credit through their university. Students who have received credit in the past have arranged an independent study with their program. The field school director is available to discuss requirements with students’ advisors.
Room and Board: Students are responsible for their own accommodations and transportation. A limited number of spaces in museum housing may be available – please inquire.
Contact Strawbery Banke archaeologist and field school director Alexandra Martin with any questions (phone: 603-422-7521). Registration is open on a rolling basis until all the spots are filled or by Friday, June 1, 2017.
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