Topic ID #26845 - posted 2/6/2013 12:20 PM

Community-based Native and African American Archaeology


Community-based Native and African American Archaeology - Field School 2013, Setauket, Long Island, New York

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Location: Setauket, Long Island, New York

Latitude: 40.929376
Longitude: -73.10255

Season Dates: June 17, 2013 – July 11, 2013
Application Deadline: May 31, 2013

Project Directors: Dr. Christopher N. Matthews, Montclair State University and Bradley Phillippi, M.A., Northwestern University

: Montclair State University, Higher Ground Intercultural and Heritage Association

Project Description
Montclair State University in collaboration with Higher Ground Intercultural and Heritage Association, a community-based cultural organization, are researching the history and archaeology of the mixed heritage Native and African American community in Setauket, Long Island, New York. Entitled “A Long Time Coming,” this collaborative project is now entering its fifth year of research.

During Summer 2013, 
Montclair State University is offering the opportunity to work with ALTC project directors in an historical archaeological field school from June 17-July 11, 2013. Field school participants will contribute to three ongoing research projects. These include excavations at the Jacob and Hannah Hart site, a late 19th-century home associated with one of the community’s most well known and highly regarded families, as well as excavations at the Thompson House site, a locally prominent 18th-century farmstead. In both cases the fieldwork seeks to collect data on the early history and development of Setauket’s Native and African American community in the contexts of both slavery and freedom. The third project is a community-based historical study of Setauket’s BethelAME Church, which was founded by community members in 1845 and remains a vital community institution. This project will draw on archival and oral history research.

Period(s) of Occupation:
 18th-20th century

Project Size: 1-12 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 1 week

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: none

Room and Board Arrangements

Some local housing is available, please contact the project director for more information.

Academic Credit
Name of institution offering credit: Montclair State University
Number of credits offered: 4 credits, students will register for Anthropology 470, Archaeological Field Methods
Tuition and Fees: cost of 4-credit hours. For more information please contact the Montclair State University Summer Programs website at

Contact Information
Christopher Matthews
Professor of Anthropology
1 Normal Avenue
Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ 07042
(973) 655-3063


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