Topic ID #26281 - posted 1/15/2013 2:00 AM

William Peace University Field School in Historical Archaeology of the Lower Cape Fear, NC

Jennifer Palmer

William Peace University Field School in Historical Archaeology of the Lower Cape Fear, North Carolina


The 2013 William Peace University Archaeological Field School will be held at an historic site on the lower Cape Fear River, from Monday, May 20th through Saturday, June 15th. For the past two field seasons the field school has researched the Civil War occupation at the North Carolina State Historic Site of Brunswick Town / Fort Anderson. Pending permission and approval of permits, the field school will be held here again in 2013. The past two seasons have been very successful in giving students training in basic field and lab methods, introducing them to the history and culture of the lower Cape Fear River, and providing them with a wonderful place to live and opportunity to explore beautiful coastal North Carolina.


Students participating in the field school earn 4 credits in ANT 450 Archaeological Fieldwork. The field school will provide students training in basic methods of archaeological survey and excavation as they uncover the history and culture of the colonial era and the Civil War. The field school also includes training in an archaeological field lab. In addition to the fieldwork, students will benefit from guest lectures on Cape Fear history and North Carolina archaeology by visiting archaeologists and historians. The students are housed in the quiet beach town of Oak Island, and will have the opportunity to visit nearby North Carolina historic and cultural sites such as Southport and Fort Fisher.


The summer archaeological field school will be co-directed by Vincent Melomo, Ph.D., of William Peace University and Thomas Beaman, RPA, of Wake Technical Community College. The excavation is made possible with the assistance of the Coe Foundation for Archaeological Research.


The cost of the program is $1350 for tuition, lodging, transportation, lunches, and course materials. (The program cost is $900 for students that are local to the site and who do not need lodging.) Students will be housed in the beach town of Oak Island, twenty minutes from the field site, and walking distance to shopping and restaurants. Students will be expected to share living space with a group of other students. Transportation will be provided from William Peace University in Raleigh, North Carolina to Oak Island on May 20, to and from the site daily, and back to Raleigh, NC on Saturday, June 15 if needed. The work week will run from Tuesday through Saturday, 8-5. Lunch will be provided on site on work days, and students are responsible for their own breakfast and dinners, and for lunch on non-work days. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply, and you should have taken at least one introductory course in archaeology by the start of the field school.


If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Vinnie Melomo at 919-508-2277, or

Thank you for your interest in our program.


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