Two Week Archaeological Field School at the Historic Wyman Tavern in Keene, NH

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The historic Wyman Tavern, Keene, NH
Principal Investigator, Martha E. Pinello

Location: Keene, New Hampshire, United States

Season Dates: August 5, 2013 - August 16, 2013
Application Deadline: July 15, 2013

Program Type
Field school

Affiliation: Historical Society of Cheshire County

Project Director: Tom Haynes, Historical Society of Cheshire County

Project Description

The field school will be a day program that will be held Monday through Friday during the weeks of August 5-9 and August 12-16, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.

The goal of the field school is to have 12 to 15 participants with a mix of ages from students in grade 9 or higher to adults.  Registration fee is $150 per student.

The Historical Society of Cheshire County will conduct an archaeological investigation of the Wyman Tavern, a 250-year-old Georgian style house on Keene’s Main Street.  The building is slated for rehabilitation and adaptive reuse as a cultural heritage center focusing on the period from 1762-1820.  In preparation for the rehabilitation process, archaeological research will be undertaken in areas to be disturbed by restoration activities and the yard.  The archaeological investigation will be sensitive to cultural resources and is likely to yield information to contribute to our understanding of the history of the property.

Community participants will work with a professional archaeologist, Martha E. Pinello, to retrieve archaeological data to enrich interpretation of the buildings and landscape and to meet the requirements of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Participants will be exposed to and gain skills in the following areas:

  • mapping and excavation of archaeological units; recording of archaeological field data;
  • identifying historic and pre-contact Native American artifacts;
  • laboratory processing and basic data recording of artifact information;
  • knowledge about the history of the Wyman Tavern and Keene;
  • accessioning of artifacts – descriptions, measuring, and drawing;
  • computer entry of provenience data and soil conditions.

Period(s) of Occupation: 18th and 19th centuries

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Age: 14

Experience Required: No experience required

Room and Board Arrangements

No room and board is provided.

Cost: $150 for 2 weeks

Academic Credit
Number of credits offered: none

Contact Information
Tom Haynes, Education Director
Historical Society of Cheshire County, P.O. Box 803
Keene, NH 03431
Phone: 603-352-1895

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