Saturday, February 22, 2014

Strawbery Banke Museum Archaeology Field School 2014

Strawbery Banke Museum
Strawbery Banke Museum (Photo credit: Selbe B)
The Strawbery Banke Museum Archaeology Department is pleased to announce its 18th Annual Archaeological Field School!

June 23 - July 25, 2014, Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4pm

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.

Course Description: This five-week session will focus on locating evidence of an early 20th century mikveh, or Jewish ritual bath, on the museum grounds.  Students will be trained in proper archaeological techniques and will learn to identify historic artifacts.  Day trips in the area, museum tours by experts, and required readings on Historical Archaeology and the Jewish diaspora will introduce students to various areas of historic specialization.  Students will also work in our laboratory to gain experience in processing artifacts. This field school places a special emphasis on public interpretation.  Students will interact with museum
visitors daily, and will be expected to offer interpretation of the site and our excavation activity.

Requirements: This field school does not require previous archaeological field experience, though an introductory course in archaeology may be helpful.  Archaeological fieldwork can be demanding, and students should be able to work well as part of a team and tolerate physical activity and summer weather.  If you are concerned about the requirements, please contact the instructor.

Cost: $850 per person
Available Credits: Students may arrange to receive academic credit through their university. Room and Board: Students are responsible for their own accommodations and transportation.

Enrollment information: To apply, send a one-page letter detailing your interest in the field school, along with a resume or CV that includes names and contact information for two references to Strawbery Banke archaeologist and field school instructor Alexandra Martin at by May 1, 2014. Enrollment is limited to 12 students.

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