Topic ID #40629 - posted 1/31/2019 11:15 AM

Strawbery Banke Museum 2019 Archaeology Field School


Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH offers hands-on training in field and lab methodology. This year, research will focus on recovering archaeological resources at the c. 1695 Sherburne House in advance of the house’s reinterpretation as part of Portsmouth’s Quadricentennial Celebration in 2023. This field school places a special emphasis on public archaeology and interpretation. The museum offers a field session (June 3-14) as well as a lab session (June 17-28).

During the Field Session, students are trained in archaeological field techniques and learn to identify historic artifacts. This field school places a special emphasis on public archaeology and interpretation. Students interact with museum visitors daily, and are expected to offer interpretation of the site and the excavation activity.

During the Lab Session, students work in the Carter Collections Center laboratory to gain experience in processing, identifying, and cataloging artifacts recovered from the Penhallow site. Students are expected to prepare a blog post or interpretive panel to describe artifacts to museum visitors.

Lab School review: “one of my favorite parts…. because it allowed us to really use our minds to have to research and interpret our artifacts” -2018 student

Students may choose either or both (the field session is not a pre-requisite for the lab session).  Applications are due by May 1 for scholarship consideration.  For more information, visit or email field school director Dr. Alexandra Martin 


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