Eastern Pequot Archaeological Field School

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This listing expired on August 6, 2018. Please contact for any updated information.

Location: North Stonington, CT, US

Season: July 1, 2018 to August 3, 2018

Session Dates: July 1 - August 3, 2018

Application Deadline: April 6, 2018

Deadline Type: Exact date


Program Type:
Field school

RPA Certified:

University of Massachusetts, Boston and Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation

Project Director:
Dr. Stephen Silliman, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Project Description:

Events of 2017 have demonstrated that we need strong anthropological studies, community-engaged archaeology, and critical heritage activities more than ever. Therefore, the Eastern Pequot Archaeological Field School is returning after a two-year hiatus!! It offers a way for you to make a political difference and learn new resarch skills in 2018. The Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, is offering a five-week, six-credit archaeological field course on the Eastern Pequot reservation, located in southeastern Connecticut. In close collaboration with the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation, the university field school will undertake its eleventh field season of intensive study of tribal lands to identify and document archaeological sites, particularly those dating to the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries in an effort to study indigenous responses to colonialism. The Eastern Pequot community has occupied this historic reservation since 1683. Field school students will receive training in techniques such as map-making, subsurface surveying, excavation, artifact processing, and material culture identification and will be exposed to considerations of ethics, heritage, cultural representation, community work, and politics in contemporary archaeology. With funding from a Public Service Grant and collaboration with the Institute for New England Native American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, part of the field school in 2018 will involve the design and creation of innovative new heritage products, including both physical and digital formats. As a result, students will have the unique opportunity to participate in collaborative and engaged archaeology and heritage work alongside Native American leaders, elders, adults, and youth in a joint effort to recover aspects of Pequot history in southern New England.

The course fee for the undergraduate and graduate sections covers six credit hours, instruction, field activities, visits to museums and nearby projects, housing, food, and travel between the field house and reservation. The fee does NOT cover basic student supplies, required health insurance, or transportation to/from the field school.

Obtain the application from the project website or Project Director in January 2018. Application deadline is April 6, 2018, but early application is recommended since spaces are competitive and tend to fill quickly. Application review will begin before the deadline (likely around February 15) and will continue weekly until slots are filled. You may contact the Project Director after the deadline to see if any spaces remain.

Period(s) of Occupation: Contact / Historic / Colonial

Collaborative, community-engaged archaeology and heritage project with Native American community in New England, focused on (1) Indigenous responses to colonialism and reservation life in the 17th through 19th centuries, (2) the ethics and politics of archaeology and colonial studies, and (3) the production of innovative heritage products with community involvement.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Full five weeks

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: Archaeology coursework preferred, but not necessary. Willingness to engage in community-engaged archaeology and indigenous political issues high desirable.

Room and Board Arrangements:
Field school crew will share a residential house at Connecticut College in New London, approximately 12 miles from the project area. The house contains apartment units with 1-4 bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, and living room. Some, if not all, students will have their own bedroom. Dinner is prepared communally. Field school will be in session for all days during the time span noted with a typical schedule of five days per week in session and two days per week off (during which times students may return home, if local, or explore the area). The course will include some occasional evening activities. The college and nearby area offer many amenities and entertainment options. See application for more details. Cost: Included in field school fees

Academic Credit:
6 credits offered by University of Massachusetts Boston. Tuition is $2,985 (ug) / $3,875 (g).

Contact Information:

Stephen W. Silliman

Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd




United States

Phone: 617-287-6854

Fax: 617-287-6857

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