Summer Program for Adults

-- Photography: Dave Tuttle.

The Community Archaeology Program for Adults is designed for members of the public (ages 16+) to join an archaeological field project, and help excavate at a nationally important site alongside professional archaeologists. Participants will learn basic archaeological techniques, as well as an overview of the prehistory of New York State.

CAP 2018 will be held at the historic Unitaria site, located in the Town of Colesville, Broome County, NY. The site is on land that was associated with the Hurlburt family. The Hurlburts were part of a troupe that trained horses for performances all over the United States. Tragically, the group along with their horses died in 1875 when the ship they were sailing on sank. Archaeological testing by PAF produced a range of domestic artifacts from the suspected house site dating from the 1840s to 1870s.Although it is not clear whether the Hurlburts lived in this house, the site has significant archaeological potential and has become an important place in local lore and oral history. CAP's investigations here will add detail to the town's memorializing of this community. To learn more, go to 2018 Research Site.

The Program is open to all members of the public (ages 16+).
Session 1*: July 9-13, 2018| 8:30 am to 4:30 pm; Session 2*: July 16-20, 2018 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Returning CAP participants, please select a preferred week. If spots become available in the other week, we will let you know as we get closer to the program dates.
Fees are $200 for new Participants to the Adult Program; $35 for those returning to the Adult Program. No refunds after May 15, 2018.
Binghamton University - Science 1, Room 106

*minimum number of participants are needed for each session to run.



  • CAP instructors will tailor field activities to your interests, skills, and physical abilities.
  • Transportation will be provided to and from the CAP excavation site.
  • Tools and materials necessary for excavation will be provided.
  • Participants must bring their own lunch.
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-- Photography: Dave Tuttle.