Topic ID #37880 - posted 1/6/2017 12:04 PM

Binghamton University Field School 2017


May 30-June 30, 2017 8:00 AM-5 PM Monday-Friday

The 2017 Binghamton University Field School will be investigating an 18th century Native American village site in northern Pennsylvania (about 45 minutes from Binghamton). The site, known as “Queen Esther’s Town,” is one of several sites on land owned by the Archaeological Conservancy. The locale was home to a community of Delaware Indians and led by Queen Esther, a prominent woman of French and Native descent, during the American Revolution. Historic records describe the village as having 70 houses and cattle grazing lands, all destroyed in September 1778 as part of the American campaign against British-allied Native villages. The area was surface collected by collectors and avocationals during the 20th century, but little is known about the village layout and individual structures. This will be the first controlled subsurface investigation of the village site, guided by the results of a geophysical survey this spring.

The five-week field school will include intensive training in Northeastern Native American history, archaeological survey techniques and excavation, laboratory methods and artifact analysis, archaeological interpretation, and other kinds of evidence integral to interpretations of the past, such as geology, oral history, and written records.

Transportation between the Binghamton University campus and the field site will be provided. Room and board is each student’s responsibility; there is summer housing available in the Binghamton area and on campus.

Space is limited. For further information on enrollment see:

For more information contact Professor Siobhan Hart:

For credit cost and fee schedule, see:

ANTH 372/580T: Field Methods in Archaeology

ANTH 372 Undergraduate, 6 credits GenEd: N, L

ANTH 580T Graduate, 4-6 credits



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