Location: Smuttynose Island, Isles of Shoals, Maine, United States
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VIDEO #1 of the Isles of Shoals Archaeology Project!
VIDEO #2: History of the Isles of Shoals!
The rugged Isles of Shoals off the coast of Maine (New England) have a long history of human settlement dating from the late 16th century. Early communities were economically based on fish processing. Students will take part in ongoing archaeological research on the site of a fish processing station on Smuttynose Island, located adjacent to Appledore Island's Shoals Marine Laboratory. In this course you will learn about the past human communities that lived on the island (prehistoric to the late 19th century) and about organisms (primarily fish, bird, shellfish) that were present in the marine environment during those periods. Students live at the Shoals Marine Lab on Appledore Island and commute to Smuttynose Island by boat (10 min) each day. Three meals a day are prepared by the Shoals Lab kitchen; students live in comfortable double dorm rooms. The Shoals Lab island campus is shared with other students studying marine science, marine biology, oceanography and ecology. Course work will include documentation, reporting and completion of architectural, historic and prehistoric site survey and excavation forms suitable for historic preservation submission. Training in field logistics, scheduling, ethics, and public relations are also part of this course. The Register of Professional Archaeology Standards and Practice will be used as a guide.
Period(s) of Occupation: prehistoric through 1900
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 7 days
Room and Board Arrangements
Room and board is included in the weekly fee and students live comfortably in dorms at the Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island, Maine. All meals prepared by a chef. SML is famous for its delicious meals. Rooms are double occupancy.
1. Under the Isles of Shoals