Participate in one or both of the two, 2-week sessions!

Session 1: June 5 – June 16, 2017 (FULL)

Session 2: June 19 – June 30, 2017

Monday-Friday, 9 - 4 pm

$420 per person ($370 for Strawbery Banke members) per session
Limited to 8 participants per session.

Course Description:  Strawbery Banke offers the 21st annual archaeological field school in 2017. This year focuses on preserving the archaeological resources surrounding the historic Penhallow House (image above) in advance of the house’s rehabilitation as part of the Heritage House Program

This course is intended to offer students in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, history, or related fields hands-on training in field and lab methodology. Students are trained in proper archaeological field techniques and learn to identify historic artifacts.

Museum tours, required readings on Historical Archaeology, and quizzes introduce students to various areas of historic specialization. Students also work in the Carter Collections Center laboratory to gain experience in processing artifacts. Students spend approximately 70% of their time outside in the field, with additional time spent in the Archaeology Lab and classroom.

This field school places a special emphasis on public interpretation. Students interact daily with museum visitors and are expected to offer interpretation of the site and the excavation activity.

Requirements:  This field school does not require previous archaeological field experience, though coursework in anthropology, archaeology, or history might be helpful. Prospective students who are not currently pursuing a related course of study might want to consider the museum's Archaeological Workshop.

Archaeological fieldwork can be demanding.  Students should be able to work well as part of a team and tolerate physical activity in the summer weather.  Students should also be comfortable kneeling, bent, or standing for long periods of time; and be able to lift heavy loads, climb in and out of deep trenches, and work on uneven terrain. 

Anyone concerned about the requirements, should contact the instructor for more details. Fieldwork arrangements for individual disabled students are handled on a case-by-case basis. Working arrangements may be made such that any student can take part in as much of the project as possible.

Enrollment information: To enroll, please download and complete the registration form and then contact Strawbery Banke archaeologist and field school instructor Alexandra Martin (phone: 603-422-7521). Registration is open on a rolling basis until all the spots are filled or by Friday, June 2, 2017.

Scholarship information: Strawbery Banke is pleased to offer the Thomas M. Lynch Archaeology Field School Scholarship, made possible through a donation from T. M. Lynch Pellet Stove Services.  One full and two half-tuition scholarships are available to student applicants to the field school.  Students majoring in anthropology or archaeology-related disciplines are especially encouraged to apply.  The department will consider both academic achievement and financial need in its deliberations.  Applicants for the scholarship should send a current transcript to the department.  Applicants should also submit a short 500-700 word essay explaining their desire to participate in this specific project and how the experience will contribute to the student’s current course of study and eventual career goals.  Although registration for the field school is on a rolling basis, scholarship essays and transcripts are due by Monday, May 1, 2017.

Available Credits: Students may arrange to receive academic credit through their university.  Students who have successfully received credit for the Strawbery Banke field school in the past have arranged an independent study with their program. The field school director is available to discuss requirements with students’ academic advisors. 

Room and Board: Students are responsible for their own accommodations and transportation.  A very limited number of spaces in museum housing may be available. Inquire with field school director Alix Martin.

Location: Strawbery Banke Museum is an outdoor living history museum located in historic Portsmouth, NH. Strawbery Banke archaeologists have conducted some of the largest urban archaeology projects in New Hampshire. Previous excavations at Strawbery Banke have revealed information on domestic life, immigration, building traditions, pottery manufacture, and other industries, and have demonstrated that Portsmouth is one of the richest sites for historical archaeology on the east coast.


2015 Archaeology Field School group.