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Location: Middletown, VA, US
Season: June 3, 2019 to July 12, 2019
Deadline Type: Contact for details
Dr. David R. Hixson & Matthew C. Greer
Excavating the antebellum living quarters of the enslaved people of historic Belle Grove Plantation.
Hood College will once again be hosting an archaeological field school at Belle Grove Plantation, a National Historic Landmark in Northern Virginia. Open to students around the world who are interested in learning essential field techniques in american archaeology while illuminating the contribution of enslaved people to the economy and culture of the early 19th century Shenandoah Valley.
June 3rd to July 12th (Summer 2019)
You may sign up for either 3 or 6 weeks.
Upper level college credits for:
Archaeological Field Methods; and
Archaeological Laboratory Methods
(up to 6 credits total)
No prior archaeological field experience necessary.
We will be continuing excavations of living quarters associated with the enslaved African-American population of Belle Grove plantation. Students will be helping reconstruct the daily lives of those who were the backbone of Belle Grove’s success in the early decades of our country’s founding.
Working closely with the museum and manor house, our project is also open to public visitors. Therefore, we train our students to present archaeological knowledge in a scholarly and culturally sensitive manner – ideal for those also considering a future in museums, public history, or public archaeology.
So come join us this Summer 2019 for another amazing field season!!
Please contact David Hixson or Jennifer Ross of the Art and Archaeology department, Hood College, Frederick, MD, for more info.
Period(s) of Occupation: Antebellum U.S. History African-American Slavery
Project Size: 1-24 participants
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 3 weeks
Minimum Age: 18
Experience Required: No previous archaeological experience necessary.
Room and Board Arrangements:
Housing Available. Meals are not covered. Cost: Beyond tuition, currently there is only a modest $20 cost to purchase each students basic tools that they can take with them after the field school ends.
3 to 6 Upper-Level Credits credits offered by Hood College, MD.. Tuition is .
David R. Hixson
401 Rosemont Ave.
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