Mohegan Archaeological Field School 2014
2013 field season: 18th-century farmstead excavation

Location: Uncasville, Connecticut, United States

Season Dates: June 23, 2014 - August 1, 2014
Session Dates: 6 week session runs June 23 through August 1, 2014; 3 week session part 1 runs June 23 through July 11, 2014; 3 week session part 2 runs July 14 through August 1, 2014
Application Deadline: April 30, 2014



Program Type
Field school

Affiliation: University of Leicester and the Mohegan Tribe

Project Director: Dr. Craig Cipolla, University of Leicester

Project Description

The University of Leicester and the federally recognized Mohegan Tribe are working together to study archaeological sites on the Mohegan Reservation in Uncasville, Connecticut (established in 1671). As part of the process of investigating present and former tribal lands, the Mohegan Archaeological Field School engages in archaeological research at pre-European sites as well as early historic and reservation-era sites. The Mohegan Field School, now in its 19th year, works under direct supervision of Dr. Craig Cipolla (University of Leicester) and staff members of the Mohegan Tribal Historic Preservation Office as authorized by the Mohegan Council of Elders.

During the course, students will learn the basics of archaeological fieldwork, from survey and testing to more intensive excavation methods and interpretation. Most of the course is comprised of archaeological fieldwork at Mohegan sites, or land that is of historic importance to the tribe. Students have the option of enrolling in either a 20 or 40 UK credit version of the course. Of note, the 40-credit version is approximately the same as a 6-credit field school through an American college of university. Transfer credits are available. 

Period(s) of Occupation: historical archaeology, with earlier periods

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 3 weeks

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: beginner level and up

Room and Board Arrangements

Tuition includes room and board at local college dorms (including 3 meals per day and internet access); daily transport to and from the site is also included

Cost: Included in tuition

Academic Credit
Name of institution offering credit: University of Leicester, School of Archaeology & Ancient History
Number of credits offered: 20 or 40 UK credits (equivalent to 3 or 6 US credits)
Tuition: 3 week version costs £932 (about $1526); 6 week version costs £1904 (about $3119); all housing and food included

Contact Information
Dr. Craig Cipolla
School of Archaeology & Ancient History, University of Leicester
Leicester, LE1 7RH
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 (0) 116 252 2640
Fax: n/a

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