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Community Archaeology Program (CAP)

Location: Athen, Pennsylvania, United States

July 10, 2017 to July 14, 2017

Session dates: 
All three archaeology camps will run during the week of July 10, 2017. Some sessions fill early, so early registration and payment is encouraged.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, June 26, 2017

Deadline Type: 

Program Type


RPA certified



Public Archaeology Facility, Binghamton University (SUNY)

Project Director:

Nina Versaggi, Laurie Miroff and Lynda Carroll, PAF, Binghamton University

Project Description

The Community Archaeology Program (CAP) offers a professionally supervised opportunity for non-archaeologists to participate in archaeological research projects. Binghamton University organizes  three summer camps: CAP for adults (ages 16 and older; CAP for Teens (13-16); AND CAP for Kids (students entering fifth and sixth grades).  Each program is for five sequential full days. CAP for adults involves one day of lectures and hands-on artifact experience, then four full days excavating with professional archaeologists at an archaeological research site.  CAP for Teens and Kids includes a combination of in-lab and outdoor archaeological activities time at the same archaeological site hosting the CAP Adult session.   CAP is ideal for elementary and high school students, and adults looking for an exciting outdoor summer program linked to interests in history and archaeology.  Experience the hard work and thrills of discovery while assisting with a professional archaeological project that is part of historic preservation initiatives. Field tasks can accommodate the physical abilities of each participant. Note: CAP is not a substitute for an accredited field school in archaeology.

The 2017 field components of CAP 2017 will be held at the 18th Century historic Native American site, Queen Esther's Town, near Athens, PA. Queen Esther Montour was the wife, then widow, of a prominent Delaware chief. When he died, she became the leader of their community. The Town was destroyed during Revolutionary War conflicts and many legends abound about the fierce leadership of Queen Esther.

Archaeologists are currently using a drone with camera, and other geophysical survey equipment to conduct a preliminary search for hidden features on this site. Up to 70 structures were part of Queen Esther's Town. This project is sponsored by Binghamton University's Public Archaeology Facility in collaboration with the Anthropology Department Field School (Dr. Siobhan Hart), the Environmental Studies Program (Dr. Timothy De Smet), and the Archaeological Conservancy, the non-profit organization that has purchased the site's 92 acres.

Join us for an exciting CAP week (July 10-14)!

Period(s) of Occupation: Historic Native American (A.D. 1700's)

Camp satisfies some of the requirements for the Boy Scout Merit Badge in Archaeology. Ask us for more information!

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 5 days

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

Local motels and campgrounds.

Check:  or call PAF for information: 607-777-4786

$195 per participant.

Academic Credit

Number of credits offered 0


Contact Information
Laurie Miroff or Nina Versaggi
Public Archaeology Facility, Binghamton University (SUNY)