Strawbery Banke Museum 2019 Archaeological Field School

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Location: Portsmouth, NH, US

Season: June 3, 2019 to June 28, 2019

Session Dates: Field Session: June 3-14, 2019 Lab Session: June 17-28, 2019

Application Deadline: May 27, 2019

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field school

RPA Certified:

Strawbery Banke Museum

Project Director:
Alexandra Martin

Project Description:

Course Description:  This course is intended to offer students in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, history, or related fields, hands-on training in field and lab methodology. This year, research will focus on recovering archaeological resources at the c. 1695 Sherburne House in advance of the house’s reinterpretation as part of Portsmouth’s Quadricentennial Celebration in 2023.  Field trips, museum tours by experts, and required readings on Historical Archaeology will introduce students to various areas of historic specialization.  Scholarships are available!

This summer the museum offers a field session as well as a lab session. Students may choose either or both (the field session is not a pre-requisite for the lab session).

During the Field Session, students are trained in archaeological field techniques and learn to identify historic artifacts. This field school places a special emphasis on public archaeology and interpretation. Students interact with museum visitors daily, and are expected to offer interpretation of the site and the excavation activity.

During the Lab Session, students work in the Carter Collections Center laboratory to gain experience in processing, identifying, and cataloging artifacts recovered from the Penhallow site. Students are expected to prepare a blog post or interpretive panel to describe artifacts to museum visitors.

Lab School review: “one of my favorite parts…. because it allowed us to really use our minds to have to research and interpret our artifacts” -2018 student

Location: Strawbery Banke Museum is an outdoor living history museum located in historic Portsmouth, NH. Strawbery Banke archaeologists have conducted some of the largest urban archaeology projects in New Hampshire. Previous excavations at Strawbery Banke have revealed information on domestic life, immigration, building traditions, pottery manufacture, and other industries, and have demonstrated that Portsmouth is one of the richest sites for historical archaeology in northern New England.

Period(s) of Occupation: Historic

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 2 weeks

Minimum Age: 16

Experience Required: Requirements: This field school does not require previous archaeological experience, though coursework in anthropology, archaeology, or history might be helpful. Students should be able to work well as part of a team. For the Field Session: Archaeological fieldwork can be demanding. Students should be able to tolerate physical activity in the summer weather. Students should also be comfortable kneeling, bent, or standing for long periods of time; and be able to lift heavy loads, climb in and out of deep trenches, and work on uneven terrain. If you are concerned about these requirements, please contact the instructor so that we can make accommodations for your involvement in the fieldwork without risk of injury to yourself or others, or damage to the integrity of the site.

Room and Board Arrangements:
Students are responsible for their own accommodations and transportation.  A limited number of spaces may be available in on-campus housing. Cost: $420 per session ($370 for museum members)

Contact Information:

Alexandra Martin

PO Box 300




Phone: 603-422-7521

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