Location: North Stonington, Connecticut, United States
Events of 2017 have demonstrated that we need strong anthropological studies, community-engaged archaeology, and critical heritage activities more than ever. Therefore, the Eastern Pequot Archaeological Field School is returning after a two-year hiatus!! It offers a way for you to make a political difference and learn new resarch skills in 2018. The Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, is offering a five-week, six-credit archaeological field course on the Eastern Pequot reservation, located in southeastern Connecticut. In close collaboration with the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation, the university field school will undertake its eleventh field season of intensive study of tribal lands to identify and document archaeological sites, particularly those dating to the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries in an effort to study indigenous responses to colonialism. The Eastern Pequot community has occupied this historic reservation since 1683. Field school students will receive training in techniques such as map-making, subsurface surveying, excavation, artifact processing, and material culture identification and will be exposed to considerations of ethics, heritage, cultural representation, community work, and politics in contemporary archaeology. With funding from a Public Service Grant and collaboration with the Institute for New England Native American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, part of the field school in 2018 will involve the design and creation of innovative new heritage products, including both physical and digital formats. As a result, students will have the unique opportunity to participate in collaborative and engaged archaeology and heritage work alongside Native American leaders, elders, adults, and youth in a joint effort to recover aspects of Pequot history in southern New England.
The course fee for the undergraduate and graduate sections covers six credit hours, instruction, field activities, visits to museums and nearby projects, housing, food, and travel between the field house and reservation. The fee does NOT cover basic student supplies, required health insurance, or transportation to/from the field school.
Obtain the application from the project website or Project Director in January 2018. Application deadline is April 6, 2018, but early application is recommended since spaces are competitive and tend to fill quickly. Application review will begin before the deadline (likely around February 15) and will continue weekly until slots are filled. You may contact the Project Director after the deadline to see if any spaces remain.
Period(s) of Occupation: Contact / Historic / Colonial
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Full five weeks
Room and Board Arrangements
Field school crew will share a residential house at Connecticut College in New London, approximately 12 miles from the project area. The house contains apartment units with 1-4 bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, and living room. Some, if not all, students will have their own bedroom. Dinner is prepared communally. Field school will be in session for all days during the time span noted with a typical schedule of five days per week in session and two days per week off (during which times students may return home, if local, or explore the area). The course will include some occasional evening activities. The college and nearby area offer many amenities and entertainment options. See application for more details.
Stephen W. Silliman, editor (2008) Collaborating at the Trowel's Edge: Teaching and Learning in Indigenous Archaeology. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.
Stephen W. Silliman (2009) “Change and continuity, practice and memory: Native American persistence in colonial New England.” American Antiquity 74(2):211-230.
Stephen W. Silliman and Thomas A. Witt (2010) “The complexities of consumption: Eastern Pequot cultural economics in 18th-century New England.” Historical Archaeology 44(4):46-68.
Hunter, Ryan, Stephen W. Silliman, and David B. Landon (2014) "Shellfish collection and community connections: Gender and sustenance in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Native New England." American Antiquity 79(3):712-729.