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Isles of Shoals Archaeology Project: Island Archaeology program

Location: Smuttynose Island, Isles of Shoals, Maine, United States

June 12, 2017 to June 26, 2017

Session dates: 
One week sessions from June 12 to 26, 2017; register for 1 or 2 weeks

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Deadline Type: 

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



Shoals Marine Laboratory, Cornell University and University of New Hampshire

Project Director:

Dr. Nathan Hamilton, University of Southern Maine / Dr. Robin Hadlock Seeley, Cornell University

Project Description

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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

Faunal and cultural survey from coastal fish processing station on a Maine island.

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 7 days

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 

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.

No added cost

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
University of Southern Maine, possibly. Please inquire: rhs4 at
Number of credits offered by arrangement, please contact us
Cost per week of attendance: $1438


Contact Information
Robin Hadlock Seeley, Ph.D
Morse Hall, Suite 113 - University of New Hampshire
United States
(603) 862-5346
Recommended Bibliography: 

1. Under the Isles of Shoals