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Location: Portsmouth, NH 03801, USA
Season: June 20, 2022 to July 1, 2022
Application Deadline: June 17, 2022
Deadline Type: Rolling
Strawbery Banke Museum
This course is intended to offer students hands-on training in archaeological lab methodology. Students work in the Carter Collections Center laboratory to gain experience in processing, identifying, and cataloging artifacts recovered from recent excavations. This year, research focuses on analyzing archaeological resources recovered from the c. 1695 Sherburne House in advance of the house’s reinterpretation. Field trips, museum tours, and required readings on Historical and Public Archaeology introduce students to various areas of specialization, including artifact identification and conservation, research, and interpretation. Students are expected to prepare a blog post or interpretive panel to describe artifacts to museum visitors. According to one past student, the lab school “allowed us to really use our minds to have to research and interpret our artifacts.”
Period(s) of Occupation: Historical Archaeology
Project Size: 1-24 participants
Minimum Age: 16
Experience Required: This field school does not require previous archaeological experience, though coursework in anthropology, archaeology, or history might be helpful.
Room and Board Arrangements:
Students should make their own arrangements to be in Portsmouth M-F. There may be limited space available in the on-campus housing for interns, please email!
Students may arrange to receive academic credit through their university. Students who have received credit in the past have arranged an independent study with their program. The field school director is available to discuss requirements with students’ advisors.
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