Community-based Native and African American Archaeology in Setauket, Long Island, New York

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Jacob and Hannah Hart House
Field school participants at the Hart site

Location: Setauket, New York, United States

Season Dates: June 17, 2013 - July 11, 2013
Application Deadline: May 31, 2013

Program Type
Field school

Affiliation: Montclair State University in collaboration with Higher Ground Intercultural and Heritage Association, Inc.

Project Director: Dr. Christopher N. Matthews, Montclair State University and Bradley Phillippi, M.A., Northwestern University

Project Description

Montclair State University in collaboration with Higher Ground Intercultural and Heritage Association, a community-based cultural organization, are researching the history and archaeology of the mixed heritage Native and African American community in Setauket, Long Island, New York. Entitled “A Long Time Coming,” this collaborative project is now entering its fifth year of research.

During Summer 2013, Montclair State University is offering the opportunity to work with ALTC project directors in an historical archaeological field school from June 17-July 11, 2013. Field school participants will contribute to three ongoing research projects. These include excavations at the Jacob and Hannah Hart site, a late 19th-century home associated with one of the community’s most well known and highly regarded families, as well as excavations at the Thompson House site, a locally prominent 18th-century farmstead. In both cases the fieldwork seeks to collect data on the early history and development of Setauket’s Native and African American community in the contexts of both slavery and freedom. The third project is a community-based historical study of Setauket’s Bethel AME Church, which was founded by community members in 1845 and remains a vital community institution. This project will draw on archival and oral history research. 

Period(s) of Occupation: 18th-20th century

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Experience Required: No experience necessary

Room and Board Arrangements

For information on local housing options, please contact Dr. Chris Matthews (

Academic Credit
Name of institution offering credit: Montclair State University
Number of credits offered: 4 credit Hours: Anthropology 470, Archaeological Field Methods
Tuition: For information on tuition and fees, please contact Montclair State University Summer Programs,

Contact Information
Christopher Matthews
1 Normal Avenue, Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ 07042
Phone: (973) 655-3063

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