Towson University Archaeological Field School 2024

Location: Baltimore, MD, USA

Season: May 28, 2024 to July 18, 2024

Session Dates: Session 1: 5/28/24-6/21/24; Session 2: 6/24/24-7/18/24

Deadline Type: Contact for Details


Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Towson University

Project Director:
Dr. Katherine Sterner

Project Description:

The Baltimore Community Archaeology Lab at Towson University offers a methodologically rigorous field school where students conduct hands-on, participatory research in the field with the instructor and teaching assistants an average of 40 hours-per-week for 3.5 weeks (3 credits). Students learn advanced techniques in archaeological research by performing as part of a research team. They will be trained in and gain experience with: archaeological survey, mapping, excavation, public engagement, and laboratory techniques. Students perform all functions as research assistants, including manual labor, recording and data synthesis. Student activities are an integral aspect of the research design and are not conducted as secondary parts of the archaeological research. Student participation is not an academic exercise–it is the engine that drives the entire research project.

Two sections are offered in the summer 2024 term. Students may only enroll in one section.

Archaeological Field School (ANTH 393-020):
Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., May 28 – June 21

Archaeological Field School (ANTH 393-021):
Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., June 24 – July 18

On campus housing is available during the summer semester. The field school location is only a 30 minute drive from campus.

Period(s) of Occupation: The archaeological site(s) under investigation represent an Early Archaic-Late Woodland habitation site on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay in North Point State Park.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 3.5 weeks

Minimum Age: 14

Experience Required: None

Room and Board Arrangements:
Students who wish to stay on campus can pay $210/wk or $30/day. All students living on campus will be assigned to an individual bedroom and will share a bathroom with 1 other student, and share a kitchen and living area with up to 3 other students. There is NO meal plan available during the summer. Limited meal options are available on-campus but there are grocery stores and restaurants within walking distance.

Academic Credit:
3.0 credits

Contact Information:

Dr. Katherine Sterner

8000 York Rd




United States

Phone: (410) 704-2851

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