Topic ID #38155 - posted 3/14/2017 12:15 PM

Field School in Historical Archaeology at Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest (University of Virginia)


Anthropology 5589 (6 credits)
June 5 – July 14, 2017

Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest and the University of Virginia are pleased to offer our 28th Annual Field School in Historical Archaeology.  This field school provides a strong foundation in the current methods and theories of historical archaeology, and offers a solid introduction to the practical skills of site survey, excavation, recording, and laboratory analysis.  Students will also actively participate in our ongoing interpretation of archaeology to the public. 
In the summer of 2017, field school participants will excavate sites associated with Poplar Forest’s enslaved residents as we attempt to better understand their lives by looking at the places they worked and lived. The primary site for this summer’s research will be the location of an early to mid-1800s structure that may have been a barn, stable, or quarters for enslaved laborers. Students will work with the professional staff to locate any structural features of this building in order to better understand its size and layout. The material remains found at this site will also provide information about the daily lives of the enslaved people who may have once lived and worked here. This data can be compared with multiple barns and quarters that have already been excavated at Poplar Forest, allowing us to trace the plantation layout and the ways it changed at Poplar Forest over time.

All undergraduate and graduate students who take the field school will receive a scholarship from Poplar Forest. This grant covers half of the University of Virginia tuition charge. No previous experience in archaeology is required. The application deadline is April 17, 2017.

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