Location: Lowman, New York, United States
Binghamton University’s 2011 archaeological field school will return to investigate an early historic cabin site within the boundaries of the Revolutionary War Newtown Battlefield in Chemung County, New York. At the close of the war, land grants to soldiers and other settlers encouraged a series of homesteads within the former battlefield. One prominent family built and lived in a log cabin during the late 18th century while constructing their main house. The descendents of that family have continually farmed the same land for 200 years. This site will provide field school participants with the opportunity to investigate New York’s pioneer era of settlement, and to engage with a descendent community that has advocated for the preservation of this landscape and the legacy of its buried past.
The course is an introduction to the technical and social experiences of archaeology. The team will receive training in essential field and laboratory methods, including surface and subsurface survey, excavation, mapping, written and photographic documentation, artifact identification and processing, as well as site preservation and interpretation. Participants will also have the opportunity to train on specialized equipment and software including total station, GPS receivers, and GIS software.
Period(s) of Occupation: Early 19th Century Euro-American and African American
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 6 weeks
Room and Board Arrangements
On-campus housing and a summer meal plan are available through Binghamton University. The University will provide daily transportation between Binghamton and the sites. Students are required to provide their own small equipment (i.e., trowel, metric tape, and line level) and appropriate clothing.