Binghamton University's 2014 field school will be held at the historic Amos Patterson site on the Susquehanna River in Endwell, New York. The site is one of the oldest standing structures in Broome County, NY. Around 1797, Patterson settled on the north bank of the Susquehanna in the Town of Union. On his larger parcel of land, he built a log cabin, then a plank house while his main dwelling was under construction. In addition to his farm, he owned and operated one of the earliest saw mills in the region. His farmstead and saw mill flourished during the nineteenth century, and he became a prominent pioneer settler in the Susquehanna Valley.
Later owners transformed the house into a temperance hotel called Washingtonian Hall. After threats from flooding, the main house was moved back from the river. The current residents have restored the house and are working with Binghamton University to conduct archaeological research on the property to identify former features on this landscape. A small local museum is dedicated to preserving information on this National Register listed property.
Researchers have completed magnetometer and ground penetrating radar surveys of the property, and have identified soil anomalies and other areas of interest. Field School students will identify and excavate domestic buildings (former dwellings), other features (trash middens, outbuildings), and artifacts from both the farmstead and the Washingtonian Hall eras.
Students will learn a variety of documentary research, survey, excavation, and public interpretation methods. This course will teach students to conduct basic documentary research, dig exploratory shovel test pits, excavate larger units, perform basic lab procedures, and interact with community members interested in our research. Participants will acquire the necessary skills to be competent beginning field technicians for archaeological and cultural resource management projects.
To register, go to: http://www.binghamton.edu/clt/summer-session/registration.html
Undergraduates should register for Anth 372 (6 credits);
Graduate students register for Anth 580 T (4-6 credits).
On campus housing and meal plans are available. Transportation to and from the site each day is provided. Students will be expected to have small hand tools, such as a trowel and metric tape (instructions for these will be shared in advance). All other equipment will be provided.
For more information, contact: 607-777-4786, or
Last Updated: 4/22/14