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Preservation Virginia and the University of Virginia to Offer a Six-Week Archaeological Field School at Historic Jamestowne

Preservation Virginia and the University of Virginia's School of Continuing and Professional Studies will offer a six-week archaeological field school at Historic Jamestowne, Virginia during the summer of 2009. The session provides qualifying students with 6 credits of Anthropology 589. Since space is limited, early applications are strongly encouraged. The session will be held June 1st July 10th and the application deadline is April 30.

2008 Field School students and staff
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 recertification 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. Focus of the excavations will be on uncovering the recently discovered remains of the 1607 James Fort and the adjoining 1608 James Town.

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 (1607-1625). 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.

2008 Field School students and staff at work in James Fort
Course Requirements
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive six graduate credits (Anthropology 589) 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 Preservation Virginia 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., Director of Archaeology, Preservation Virginia

Tuition Costs
Tuition costs are as follows: $1680 in-state and $2490 out of state.

Room and Board Participants are responsible for their own accommodations. Air-conditioned housing with kitchen facilities will be offered to participants at a cost of $35 per day at the College of William and Mary for the duration of the field school.

Application (pdf)

Selection Process: Applicants will be selected upon submission of the enclosed application form, review of their resume, statement of personal and professional reasons for wanting to attend the school, and two recommendations. Deadline for applications is April 30.

For more information, contact Tom Patton at tpatton@preservationvirginia.org or (757) 229-0412.

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