Strawbery Banke Museum Archaeological Field School, 2 Sessions in June 2017

06 Mar 2017 7:45 PM | Christine R Henry
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Application Deadline: rolling admissions, ends June 2, 2017

Session 1: June 5-16, 2017

Session 2: June 19-30, 2017

Our 21st annual field school focuses on preserving the archaeological resources surrounding the historic Penhallow House in advance of the house’s rehabilitation as part of the Heritage House Program.  The house was built c. 1750, occupied by Samuel Penhallow, a Portsmouth judge. The house was moved to its present location in 1862 and became one of a few houses occupied by African American families along Washington Street in the 20th century.  This course is intended to offer students in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, history, or related fields hands-on training in field and lab methodology. Students are trained in proper archaeological field techniques and learn to identify historic artifacts. Museum tours, required readings on Historical Archaeology, and quizzes introduce students to various areas of historic specialization. Students also work in the Carter Collections Center laboratory to gain experience in processing artifacts. Students spend approximately 70% of their time outside in the field, with additional time spent in the Archaeology Lab and classroom. This field school places a special emphasis on public interpretation. Students interact daily with museum visitors and are expected to offer interpretation of the site and the excavation activity.

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