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2015 Binghamton Archaeology Field School

ANTH 372 (UG)  Field Methods of Archaeology (6 credits)

ANTH 570T (Grad) Field Methods of Archaeology (4-6 Credits)

Summer Session Term III

May 26 - July 3, 2015

Planning a career in Archaeology? Looking for training for summer jobs relevant to your degree? In need of advanced level credits (N or L)? Want to take a course outside the classroom this summer? Consider the Binghamton University Archaeological Field School.

This course is designed to provide students with the basic skills associated with professional archaeology and cultural resource management. Students will participate in ongoing research and archaeological investigations at the prehistoric Boland Site, located along the Susquehanna River in Tioga County, NY (about 15 miles west of campus). The site has multiple time periods ranging from hunter-gatherer camps (c. 2500-1000 B.C.) to an agricultural community (c. A.D. 1000-1300). Previous excavations have discovered a diversity of lithics (points, tools, rough stone, fire-cracked rock) and pottery. Storage/refuse pits and hearths are also part of the community patterning at the site. Based on the data and research potential from past excavations, the site has been declared eligible for the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
The course will teach you about the Native American History of the Susquehanna Valley; professional excavation techniques; high tech discovery methods; identification and classification of artifacts and features; and basic laboratory processing. Students will spend 80% of class time in the field, and the remaining time in the classroom, lab, or on field trips.

Participants will acquire the necessary skills to be competent beginning field technicians for archaeological and cultural resource management projects. In addition, successful completion of the class will meet the field school prerequisite for the new Masters Degree in Public Archaeology, Department of Anthropology, Binghamton University.

Registration opens March 2, 2015. To reserve your spot in advance, contact Dr. Nina Versaggi ( To register, go to: or call Summer Session at 607-777-2792 or 1-800-523-2105.


Undergraduates should register for Anth 372 (6 credits);

Graduate students register for Anth 570 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 e-mail:

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