William Peace University Field School in Historical Archaeology of the Lower Cape Fear, Fort Caswell, North Carolina


Location: Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States

Season: 
Monday, May 20, 2013 to Saturday, June 15, 2013

Session dates: 
May 20 - June 15, Summer Session I

Application Deadline: 
Monday, April 1, 2013

Flyer: wpu_archaeological_field_school_application_2013.pdf

Program Type

Field school

Affiliation:

William Peace University, Anthropology

Project Director:

Vincent Melomo, Ph. D., William Peace Univeristy, and Thomas Beaman, M.A., RPA, Wake Technical Community College

Project Description

The 2013 William Peace University Archaeological Field School will be held at the historic site of Fort Caswell on the lower Cape Fear River, from Monday, May 20th through Saturday, June 15th.  For the past two field seasons the field school has researched the Civil War occupation at the North Carolina State Historic Site of Brunswick Town / Fort Anderson. This season we will explore the Civil War fortification of Fort Caswell, downriver at the mouth of the Cape Fear. The fort was initially constructed between 1826-1836, and was used through WWI.  Students participating in the field school earn 4 credits in ANT 450 Archaeological Fieldwork.  The field school will provide students training in basic methods of archaeological survey and excavation as they uncover the history of the 19th and early 20th century fort.  The field school also includes training in an archaeological field lab.  In addition to the fieldwork, students will benefit from guest lectures on Cape Fear history and North Carolina archaeology by visiting archaeologists and historians.  The students are housed in the quiet beach town of Oak Island, and will have the opportunity to visit nearby North Carolina historic and cultural sites such as Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson, Southport and Fort Fisher. 

The summer archaeological field school will be co-directed by Vincent Melomo, Ph.D., of William Peace University and Thomas Beaman, RPA, of Wake Technical Community College.  The excavation is made possible with the assistance of the Coe Foundation for Archaeological Research.

The cost of the program is $1350 for tuition, lodging, transportation, lunches, and course materials.  (The program cost is $900 for students that are local to the site and who do not need lodging.)   Students will be housed in the beach town of Oak Island, twenty minutes from the field site, and walking distance to shopping and restaurants.  Students will be expected to share living space with a group of other students.  Transportation will be provided from William Peace University in Raleigh, North Carolina to Oak Island on May 20, to and from the site daily, and back to Raleigh, NC on Saturday, June 15 if needed.  The work week will run from Tuesday through Saturday, 8-5.  Lunch will be provided on site on work days, and students are responsible for their own breakfast and dinners, and for lunch on non-work days.  Students from all majors are encouraged to apply, and you should have taken at least one introductory course in archaeology by the start of the field school. 

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Vinnie Melomo at 919-508-2277, or vmelomo@peace.edu

Thank you for your interest in our program.

Period(s) of Occupation: Historical, Military History, Civil War, WWI: early 19th-early 20th Century.

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4 weeks

Minimum age: 
18

Experience required: 
No archaeological experience is required, but some coursework in archaeology is preferred.

Room and Board Arrangements

Lodging is covered by the program fees.  Students will be housed in the beach town of Oak Island in seasonal rental houses or condominiums, twenty minutes from the field site and walking distance to shopping and restaurants.  Students will be expected to share living space with up to 7 other people and may be asked to share a king or queen size bed.  Linens, pillows, and towels will be provided. There will be kitchen facilities and cooking equipment, and a washer and dryer.  High-speed internet service may also be available. Lunch will be provided on site on work days, and students are responsible for their own breakfast and dinners, and for lunch on non-work days. 
Students who are local to the area and who do not need lodging will have their fees reduced accordingly.
Transportation will be provided from William Peace University in Raleigh, NC to Oak Island on May 20, to and from the site daily, and back to Raleigh, NC on Saturday, June 15 if needed. 

Cost: 
The cost of the program is $1350 for tuition, lodging, transportation, lunches, and course materials. (The program cost is $900 for students that are local to the site and who do not need lodging.)

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
William Peace University
Number of credits offered 4
Tuition: 
The cost of the program is currently estimated at $520 for 4 credits, and $650 for lodging, some food, and materials.

Location

Contact Information
Dr. Vincent Melomo
William Peace University, 15 East Peace Street
Raleigh
NC
US
27604
Telephone: 
919 508-2277
Fax: 
919 508-2326
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