Location: South Berwick, Maine, United States
Join Dr. Neill De Paoli in the picturesque Old Fields neighborhood of South Berwick, Maine and explore the former home and tavern and garrison occupied by the families of Humphrey and Mary Spencer and Captain Ichabod and Elizabeth Goodwin during the late 1600s and much of the 1700s. For the last five seasons, archaeologists have been uncovering evidence of the Spencer-Goodwin home and tavern along with the personal belongings of the occupants and tavern goers. Field school participants will unravel more of life in the Piscataqua region of southern Maine as it transitioned from the turmoil of the Anglo-Indian wars of the late 1600s and early 1700s to the economic rebirth of the decades leading up to the American Revolution. Students will not only explore the lives of these two families but also those of the five African-American and Indian slaves who were owned by Captain Goodwin. This season participants will excavate three new locations as they search for outbuildings known to be part of the late 17th/18th century Spencer-Goodwin homestead such as a dairy and blacksmith shop.
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, and the identification of early Anglo-American material culture. The program will include field trips to local 17th and 18th century landmarks and weekly films and discussions.
Dr. Neill De Paoli has over thirty-five years of experience as a historical archaeologist, having directed archaeological projects and field schools in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.
Field school students may sign up for one or more of the three one-week field sessions.
Session 1/June 22-26, Session 2/June 29-July 3, Session 3/July 6-10. Daily field school hours are 9:00 to 3:45 PM.
Fee: One week only = $175, Two weeks = $325, Three weeks = $475.
Period(s) of Occupation: late 17th century - c. 1830
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: One week.
Room and Board Arrangements
Participants are responsible for securing their own housing. However, Dr. De Paoli can provide a list of local accomodations if needed.
Academic CreditNumber of credits offered: none
Deetz, James, In Small Things Forgotten. An Archaeology of Early American Life. Anchor Books, New York, 1996.