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. This year, research will focus on recovering archaeological resources at the c. 1695 Sherburne House in advance of the house’s reinterpretation as part of Portsmouth’s Quadricentennial Celebration in 2023. Field trips, museum tours, and required readings on Historical and Public Archaeology will introduce students to various areas of specialization. This summer the museum offers a field session as well as a lab session. Students may choose either or both (the field session is not a pre-requisite for the lab session).
During the Field Session, students are trained in archaeological field techniques and learn to identify historic artifacts. This field school places a special emphasis on public archaeology and interpretation. Students interact with museum visitors daily, and are expected to offer interpretation of the site and the excavation activity.