Friday, February 26, 2010

Isle of Shoals Archaeology Field School

Isles of Shoals Archaeology Project
Location: Maine, United States
Season dates: May 31, 2010 - June 14, 2010
Session dates: None given
Application Deadline: Rolling - May 15, 2010

The Shoals Marine Laboratory is offering its third season of a field school in archaeology on Smuttynose Island, Maine.

DATES: May 31 to June 14, 2010  (choose either or both weeks)
LOCATION: Smuttynose Island, Maine  (for location see:,ftc,1,fid,575654,n,smuttynose%20island.cfm

Shoals Marine Laboratory, Cornell University and University of New Hampshire
Project Director
Dr. Nathan Hamilton, University of Southern Maine

The rugged Isles of Shoals off the coast of Maine (New England) have a long history of human settlement dating from the late 16th century. Early communities were economically based on fish processing. Students will take part in ongoing archaeological research on the site of a fish processing station on Smuttynose Island, located adjacent to Appledore Island's Shoals Marine Laboratory. In this course you will learn about the past human communities that lived on the island (1650 to the late 19th century) and about organisms (fish, bird, shellfish) that were present in the marine environment during those periods.

Students live at the Shoals Marine Lab on Appledore Island and commute to Smuttynose Island by boat (10 min) each day. Three meals a day are prepared by the Shoals Lab kitchen; students live in comfortable double dorm rooms. The Shoals Lab island campus is shared with other students studying marine science, marine biology, oceanography and ecology.

Course work will include documentation, reporting and completion of architectural, historic and prehistoric site survey and excavation forms suitable for historic preservation submission. Training in field logistics, scheduling, ethics, and public relations are also part of this course. The Register of Professional Archaeology Standards and Practice will be used as a guide.

Period(s) of occupation
1670 - 1900
Minimum length of stay for volunteers
7 days
Minimum age
Experience required

Room and board is included in the weekly fee and students live very comfortably in dorms at the Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island, Maine. All meals prepared by a chef; SML is famous for its delicious meals.

Contact information
Robin Hadlock Seeley, Ph.D
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