Location: Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
This two-week session will focus on locating evidence of an early 20th century mikveh, or Jewish ritual bath, on the museum grounds. Students will be trained in proper archaeological techniques and will learn to identify historic artifacts. Day trips in the area, museum tours by experts, and required readings on Historical Archaeology and the Jewish diaspora will introduce students to various areas of historic specialization. Students will also work in our laboratory to gain experience in processing artifacts. This field school places a special emphasis on public interpretation. Students will interact with museum visitors daily, and will be expected to offer interpretation of the site and our excavation activity.
Location: Strawbery Banke Museum is an outdoor living history museum located in historic Portsmouth, NH. Strawbery Banke archaeologists have conducted some of the largest urban archeology projects in New Hampshire. Previous excavations at Strawbery Banke have revealed information on domestic life, immigration, building traditions, pottery manufacture, and other industries, and have demonstrated that Portsmouth is one of the richest sites for historical archeology in northern New England.
Period(s) of Occupation: Historical
Room and Board Arrangements
Students must provide their own housing.
For more on mikvehs and Jewish archaeology....
Adler, Cyrus (editor). 1901-1906a Mikvah. In The Jewish Encyclopedia. Putnum’s Sons, New York. Accessed 1/22/14 at http://www.jewishencyclopedia.
Breen, Tom. 2013 “UConn Researchers’ Excavation Highlights Overlooked Chapter of Jewish History.” UConn Today June 10, 2013. Accessed 1/22/14 at http://today.uconn.edu/blog/2013/06/uconn-researchers-excavation-highlights-overlooked-chapter-of-jewish-history/
Spencer-Wood, Suzanne M. 1999 The Formation of Ethnic-American Identities: Jewish Communities in Boston. In Historical Archaeology Back from the Edge. Pedro Paulo A. Funari, Martin Hall, and Siân Jones, eds. Pp. 284-307. New York: Routledge.