Saturday, February 22, 2014

Mount Vernon 2014 Collaborative Historic Preservation Field School May 27- July 3

George Washington’s Mount Vernon, located near Washington, DC, is the historic site dedicated to interpreting the life of the first president within the context of his home and plantation.  The 2014 Mount Vernon/University of Maryland (UMD) Field School in Historic Preservation is in the second year of a multi-year project to explore the archaeological, architectural, and interpretive histories of the Washington families’ and create an integrated approach to its study, documentation, and public presentation.

This course will instruct students in historic preservation method and theory. Students will learn archaeological and architectural field methodology, laboratory procedures, and current themes in historical archaeology and preservation. Through readings, discussions, and field trips, as well as conducting fieldwork at George Washington’s original Mansion House Farm, students will delve into three prominent themes of historic house museums – the evolution of the plantation landscape, African American history, and public interpretation.


  • Field school dates: May 27th - July 3
  • Faculty: UMD Professor Donald Linebaugh and MVLA Historic Preservation staff 
  • College Credit: 6 undergraduate or graduate cred
  • Housing: Mount Vernon does not offer housing on the property, but staff will work with students to find local accommodations if necessary. 
  • A modest stipend will be provided.


  • Full-time undergraduate or graduate student with good academic standing. 
  • Interest in historical archaeology, historic preservation, museums, and American history. 
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team. 
  • Capable of doing strenuous work outdoors in hot and humid
  •  conditions. 

Applicants should submit a resume, contact information for two references and
letter, including a statement detailing interest in this program by March 31st, 2014. Please email Eleanor Breen, Deputy Director for Archaeology,

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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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Archaeology Field School at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Portland State University, Washington State University Vancouver, and the National Park Service are pleased to announce a field school in historical archaeology at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The program will introduce the method and theory of fieldwork in historical archaeology. Students will participate in all aspects of field and laboratory work: laying out units, excavation by shovel and trowel, mapping, drawing, photography, and cleaning, identifying, and analyzing artifacts. This year's project will continue the use of digital recording using tablet computers to assist in recording of the dig site and grave monuments at the nearby Old City Cemetery. The season includes lectures by guest speakers and staff. The National Park Service and its partners are committed to sharing cultural resources and preservation values with the public. On a rotating basis, students will discuss the field school activities with visitors, including interpreting the significance of the site and the educational purposes of the project.

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is an unparalleled archaeological laboratory, comprising the remains of Fort Vancouver, the ca.1825-1860 regional headquarters and supply depot for the Hudson's Bay Company, and Vancouver Barracks, the first (ca. 1849-2010) permanent U.S. Army post in the Pacific Northwest.

The 2014 Public Archaeology Field School will continue a multi-year exploration of the multicultural Village ("Kanaka Village"), the largest settlement in the Pacific Northwest ca. 1829-1845. Residents included
Native Hawaiians, the Metis, and people of many different American Indian tribes. Later, the village was the site of the Quartermaster's Depot, part of the World War I Spruce Mill, which cut aviation-grade spruce for America's war effort, and a barracks and training compound for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The field school will explore these sites and continue to collect data on the Old City Cemetery (45CL887), one of the oldest cemeteries in the City of Vancouver, Washington. The cemetery has suffered from repeated vandalism and this project is collecting baseline information on headstone condition, and their styles, decorations, and inscriptions to help in its future preservation.The field school will provide a unique research context to deploy mobile information technology in a variety of field situations while providing a means to expand use of mobile devices in heritage preservation.

For more information and an application, go here

For early notification, please submit application by April 4, 2014.

Notification of early applications will be by April 11, 2014.

Applications are due no later than May 2, 2014.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Jamestown Rediscovery Archaeological Field School

May 27th - July 3rd, 2014

*** Application deadline April 18th ***

Preservation Virginia and the University of Virginia's School of Continuing and Professional Studies will offer a six-week archaeological field school at Jamestown, Va. during the summer of 2014. Since space is limited, early applications are strongly encouraged. (In some cases, early acceptance may be granted.)

The field school is designed to teach the methods and theories of fieldwork in American Historical Archaeology and offers both the untrained and experienced student the opportunity to learn the practical skills of excavation and recording. It also provides an excellent educational opportunity for teachers seeking re-certification in the social studies content area.

The fieldwork will be conducted at the Jamestown Rediscovery excavations on Jamestown Island, the site of the first permanent English settlement in North America. The focus of the excavations will be on uncovering the remains of the 1607 James Fort and the subsequent growth of the colony.

In the course of excavations, students will learn to identify and interpret 17th-century European and Native American artifacts, as well as investigate features directly related to James Fort (1607-1624). This archaeological field school provides a unique opportunity for students to make a contribution to the research and interpretation of early 17th-century English-America.

The Program
The field school will include weekly seminars and field trips exploring recent contributions of historical archaeology to colonial history, new methods in field recording and interpretation, and a survey of the recent literature in the field, including new publications by the field school directors and senior staff.

Course Requirements
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive six graduate credits (Anthropology 5589) from the University of Virginia. Students will be required to attend classes 40 hours a week (Monday-Friday) with most of that time spent on site during excavation. Strenuous daily activity will require physical endurance and excellent health. Students also will gain experience in the Jamestown Rediscovery laboratory, spending time processing and learning to identify artifacts from the early Anglo-American settlement period. Students will be required to keep a journal of their field, lab, and seminar work.

William M. Kelso, Ph.D., (Hon.) CBE, FSA

Tuition Costs
Tuition costs are as follows: $2,388 in-state and $4,836 out of state.

Room and Board
Air-conditioned housing with kitchen facilities will be offered to participants at a cost of $27.50 per person per night double occupancy, and $39.00 per person per night single occupancy at the College of William and Mary for the duration of the field school. If preferred, students may arrange other accommodations.

University of Virginia Coordination
Charlottesville Center, University of Virginia School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

For application and more information, go here
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Monday, February 17, 2014

Pimu Catalina Archaeological Field School

The Pimu Catalina Island Archaeology Field School is a collaborative research project with Tongva/Gabrielino tribal members, the Santa Catalina Island Conservancy and California State University, Northridge. The field school runs from July 18 to August 15, 2014 and is Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA) certified.

In our seventh year, the field school provides students with practical working knowledge of survey, excavation, lab and cataloging methods while immersing them in the 9,000 years of prehistoric maritime history of the Tongva/Gabrielino nation. Students will also learn about how to apply cultural resource laws to public sector archaeological work.

Situated just off the coast of Los Angeles, Catalina Island was historically an important trading supply outpost for Southern California and beyond. The field school is part of the on-going Pimu Catalina Island
Archaeological Project (PCIAP), which is working to assess and protect archaeological sites on Catalina.

For More Information see our website

Please contact Wendy Teeter at or at (310) 825- 1864
if you would like to participate.
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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Fort Lewis College 2014 Archaeological Field School

The Fort Lewis College (Durango, CO)  2014 archaeological field school will be held May 25-July 5 at a late 19th/early 20th-century Hispanic village site south of Santa Rosa, New Mexico. The 6-week (and 6 credit) field program will provide students with training in archaeological survey, in-field artifact
analysis, excavation, manual and digital mapping, historic building documentation, and cemetery documentation. Students will also benefit from evening lectures on research design, archaeological ethics, and historic preservation, and from field trips to sites and museums within the region.

Tuition waivers are available for enrolled tribal members, and further information is provided on the website. The deadline for applications is April 1, 2014. Both the application and the contact person can be found on the website.