The Speaker’s House Archaeology Field School

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Location: Trappe, PA, US

Season: June 5, 2018 to June 30, 2018

Session Dates: June 5 to 30, 2018

Application Deadline: May 31, 2018

Deadline Type: Contact for details


Program Type:
Field school

RPA Certified:

Ursinus College

Project Director:
Dr. Lydia Garver

Project Description:

Historical Archaeology Field School

A four-week summer archaeology course offered in conjunction with The Speaker’s House, a non-profit organization that owns and is restoring the Frederick Muhlenberg house and property in Trappe, Pennsylvania. The field school course in Historical Archaeology will combine instruction in archaeological methods and theory with hands-on excavation training and experience at an important historical site. Through assigned readings and classroom discussions, on-site training and experience, and weekly laboratory study, field school students will learn historical archaeology techniques and develop the ability to identify and interpret discovered artifacts and place archaeological information within a cultural/historical framework.

Six semester hours are available through Ursinus College as HIST/ANTH-385. Non-credit participants are also welcome to enroll through Ursinus at a reduced rate.

Period(s) of Occupation: Colonial America/18th century to present

The Speaker's House is an active restoration project in which field school research has a direct impact on the site's interpretation and restoration plans. The site includes an heirloom kitchen garden and farm stand, restoration workshops, guided tours, and educational programs. This year's field school will focus on locating the foundations of an early bank barn.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4 weeks

Minimum Age: 16

Experience Required: None

Room and Board Arrangements:
Housing is available in a Main Street dormitory reserved for field school students. House includes full kitchen and laundry facilities.  Cost: $140 per week for housing

Academic Credit:
6 credits offered by Ursinus College. Tuition is $1,500 for 6 credits or $500 for non-credit.

Contact Information:

Lisa Minardi

151 W. Main Street, PO Box 26686, Trappe, PA 19426




Phone: 3022996935

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