Topic ID #31885 - posted 3/21/2014 12:57 PM

University of Maryland Historical Archaeology Field School


Location: Lattimer, Pennsylvania, United States (just outside Hazleton, PA)

Season Dates: June 2, 2014 - July 11, 2014
Application Deadline: May 31, 2014

Project Website:

Program Type: Field school

Affiliation: University of Maryland

Project Director: Dr. Paul Shackel

Project Description

In the summer of 2014, the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland will conduct its third season of an archaeological project exploring life in a coal mining compay patch town near Hazleton, Pennsylvania.

Lattimer was founded in the mid-19th century by the Pardee Company and was the site of a tragic labor massacre in September of 1897. This massacre was the subject of archaeological study by the project in 2010. Today, the fabric of the compay town lanscape survives, with a rich heritage of labor history and immigration from Northern and Western Europe in the mid 19th century and later from Southern and Eastern Europe. This project will explore these themes through a mulit-disciplinary approach.

The project will include fieldwork, labwork, and reading assignments and discussion regarding site specific context as well as theory and methods of archaeology. Some digital mapping skills will be introduced.

The fieldschool is limited to about six students. It will meet daily in the field for approximately eight hours a day. Lodging in the town of Hazleton will be provided for a modest rental fee. Transportation to and from the site will be provided from the field house.

Please contact for info on the field school.

Period(s) of Occupation: mid-19th century - 20th century

Academic Credit
Name of institution offering credit: University of Maryland
Number of credits offered: 3 (three-week session) or 6 (six-week session) 
Tuition: $1,041 for three credits; $1,992 for six credits


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