Community Archaeology Program (CAP)


July 9, 2018 to July 13, 2018

Session dates: 
All three archaeology camps will run during the same weeks. Due to high demand, CAP 2018 will offer TWO sessions: July 9-13 or July 16-20. You can register for one or both sessions. Minimum enrollments are required for each session to run. Sessions fill early, so early registration and payment is encouraged.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, June 22, 2018

Deadline Type: 

Flyer: PDF icon general_flyer_registration_2018.pdf

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 field research site for CAP 2018 will be the 19th century Unitaria site (Town of Colesville, Broome County, NY),under the direction of Dr. Maria O'Donovan. Local historians note that this small cross-roads community was named Unitaria in the 19th century. The site is on land that was associated with the Hurlburt family. The Hurlburts were part of a troupe that trained horses for performances all over the United States. Tragically, the group along with their horses died in 1875 when the ship they were sailing on sank. Archaeological testing by PAF produced a range of domestic artifacts from the suspected house site. The artifacts mostly date to the 1840s to 1870s, which agrees with historic maps that note a house in this location during this period. It is not clear whether the Hurlburts lived in this house, or other farmers called it home.  Either way, the site has a tightly dated mid-19th century domestic assemblage with significant archaeological potential. Equally important, the site has become an important place in local lore and oral history. CAP’s investigations here will add detail to the town’s memorializing of this community. 

Join us for an exciting CAP week!  Session 1: July 9-13; or Session 2: July 16-20. Register for one or both sessions.

Period(s) of Occupation: Historic 19th Century

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

$200 per participant per session

Academic Credit

Number of credits offered 0
Laurie Miroff or Nina Versaggi
Public Archaeology Facility, Binghamton University (SUNY)