Fieldschools & Volunteer Digs 2017

Isles of Shoals Archaeology Project: Island Archaeology Program is offering their fieldschool for the summer of 2017 between June 12 – June 26, one or two week sessions are available.  The field school is located on Smuttynose Island, Isles of Shoals, Maine and includes both prehistoric and historic components.  The rugged Isles of Shoals off the coast of Maine (New England) have a long history of human settlement dating from the late 16th century.  Early communities were economically based on fish processing.  Students will take part in ongoing archaeological research on the site of a fish processing station on Smuttynose Island, located adjacent to Appledore Island’s Shoals Marine Laboratory.  In this course you will learn about the past human communities that lived on the island (prehistoric to the late 19th century) and about organisms (primarily fish, bird, shellfish) that were present in the marine environment during those periods.  Students live at the Shoals Marine Lab on Appledore Island and commute to Smuttynose Island by boat (10 min) each day.  Three meals a day are prepared by the Shoals Lab kitchen; students live in comfortable double dorm rooms.  The Shoals Lab island campus is shared with other students studying marine science, marine biology, oceanography and ecology.  Course work will include documentation, reporting and completion of architectural, historic and prehistoric site survey and excavation forms suitable for historic preservation submission.  Training in field logistics, scheduling, ethics, and public relations are also part of this course.  The Register of Professional Archaeology Standards and Practice will be used as a guide.

Check out the detailed listing on the AIA webpage.

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Past Opportunities

Old Fields Archaeological Field School in South Berwick, Maine from June 22 – July 10, with Dr. Neill De Paoli through the Old Berwick Historical Society.  This experience is a great hands-on opportunity for upper level high school and college students seeking experience in historical archaeology, teachers in need of recertification credits, or history buffs interested in exploring an area with a rich colonial history.  Participants will learn basic excavation and recording techniques, laboratory procedures, the identification of 17th and 18th century European artifacts, as well as investigate archaeological features related to the Spencer & Goodwin homesteads and taverns. The program will be
highlighted by field trips to local 17th and 18th century old Berwick landmarks and weekly films and discussions.  Click here for details and the registration form, and check out the write up of the excavations to date and the Old Berwick Historical Society’s webpage!

Unearthing the Quarry Town: An Archaeological Inventory of Hurricane Island in Vinalhaven, Maine from July 13 – 17, through the Hurricane Island Foundation.  This 5-day program will provide participants with a solid understanding of the process of setting up dig sites, creating an inventory of artifacts, and practical, hands-on experience excavating different sites around Hurricane Island.  Learn about the quarry era from Eleanor Motley Richardson, author of Hurricane Island: The Town that Disappeared, followed by a tour of the Vinalhaven Historical Society, and other historical quarry sites. The rest of the program will focus on developing an initial archaeological inventory of Hurricane including identifying likely sites; mapping site location and dimensions; cleaning, identifying, and recording artifacts retrieved (ceramics, pipes, metals, glass).  Click here for the field school flier.

Shovelbums Archaeology and Anthropology field schools directory.

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Old Fields Archaeological Field School in South Berwick, Maine- one week sessions from June 17-July 5 and July 15-26, with Dr. Neill De Paoli through the Old Berwick Historical Society, click here for details and check out the Old Berwick Historical Society’s webpage!  The field school may be taken as a non-credit program, or individuals seeking course credit can register for a three-week (June 17th– July 5th) 3-credit course (HIST-205-01) offered by Southern Maine Community College.

University of Wyoming’sPaleoindian Archaeology at the Edge of the Rockies’, July 2-August 12, led by Dr.Marcel Kornfeld from the University of Wyoming, Laramie —  link to more information.

Damariscotta River Association Field School, Bryant-Barker Tavern Site, Newcastle, Maine- one week sessions from July 8-August 2, with archaeologist Tim Dinsmore.  Check out the DRA’s webpage for details!

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Fort Richmond Archaeological Dig and Artifact Processing, Spring through Fall 2012, through the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, click here for details!

Isle of Shoals Archaeology Field School, June 11 – June 25, 2012, through Cornell University click here for details!

Nautical Archaeology Field School, June 18 – June 30, 2012, through the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum click here for details!

Old Fields Archaeological Field School, Three Sessions- June 25-29, July 2-6, and July 9-13, 2012, with Dr. Neill De Paoli through the Old Berwick Historical Society, click here for details and check out the Old Berwick Historical Society’s webpage!

Archaeological Field School at Pemaquid Falls, July 30 – August 17, 2012, with Dr. Neill De Paoli through Southern Maine Community College, click here for details!

Shoals History Week, August 7 – August 10, 2012 through Cornell University click here for details!
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Isle of Shoals Archaeology Field School, May 30 – June 20, 2011, through Cornell University

Strawbery Banke Museum Field School, New Hampshire — June 27 – July 8, 2011

Pemaquid Falls Field School — July 25-Aug 12, 2011 click here for details!!

Abbe Museum Field School, August 7 – 12, 2011  Gouldsboro, ME

Wyoming’s advanced field program June 4 to July 11, 2011:  Led by Dr.Marcel Kornfeld from the University of Wyoming, Laramie —  Link to more information



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