Newport Village Field School

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Location: Blairsville, PA 15717, USA

Season: May 10, 2021 to June 18, 2021

Application Deadline: April 1, 2021

Deadline Type: Contact for Details


Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:
This project is an RPA certified field school

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Project Director:
Ben Ford

Project Description:

Newport was founded circa 1790 and served as an important river town until the early 19th century. The town included several businesses, a hotel, a post office, and a wharf. The site is now completely abandoned. This year’s archaeological investigations will include shovel test pits, excavation units, geophysics, metal detecting, and artifact analysis to better understand commerce and travel on the Pennsylvania frontier. Students will be exposed to both traditional and high-tech techniques with the goal of preparing them for cultural resource management and academic careers.

Period(s) of Occupation: Historic period (18th and 19th century)

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: No previous experience required.

Room and Board Arrangements:
Housing may be available through the IUP Office of Housing and Residence Life ( or can be obtained individually.

Academic Credit:
ANTH 320/520 Archaeological Field School (6 credits) An introduction to archaeological survey, field excavation, and laboratory processing. ANTH 740 Advanced Archaeological Field Methods (4 credits) Advanced instruction in survey and excavation field methods and technology, with an emphasis on the application of research designs to field settings, and the logistics of supervising field projects.

Contact Information:

Ben Ford

Department of Anthropology





Phone: (724) 357-2733

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