Virtual Archaeology Field School - FULL
Monday, June 21 - Friday,  July 2, 2021
Members $50; Nonmembers $75. Limited to 35 participants.

Questions: Contact Alexandra Martin, Strawbery Banke Archaeologist and Field School Director, via 603.422.7521 or amartin[AT]

Course Description: This online course offers students in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, history, or related fields, training in archaeological methodology. Because social science research has been interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, archaeologists are relying on mediated techniques to continue their research. This virtual field school offers a series of eight self-paced modules including material and digital techniques that participants explore and apply. The instructor provides recorded tours and videos from the museum grounds and lab, digital course readings, and virtual activities. 

There is a specific focus on the c. 1750 Penhallow House, where archaeological field schools excavated thousands of artifacts from 2016-2018. The Penhallow House is currently the focus of a grant-funded rehabilitation effort to restore part of the house to its early 20th-century appearance when it was the home of an African American family. The course will culminate in participants’ development of an online Story Map and a blog post based on Penhallow artifact research.

Although this course will be offered entirely online, local participants are invited to join Archaeologist Alexandra Martin on-site at the museum on Monday, June 21, 1-2:30 PM, for an in-person guided tour of the museum’s archaeological sites. Limited to 12 participants, first-come, first-served.

Requirements: This field school does not require previous archaeological experience, though coursework in anthropology, archaeology, or history might be helpful. 

Sponsorship information: Strawbery Banke is pleased to offer this online program at a discounted rate through the Thomas M. Lynch Archaeology Field School Scholarship, made possible through a donation from T. M. Lynch Pellet Stove Services.  

Available CreditsStudents may arrange to receive academic credit through their university.  The material in this course will occupy approximately 2-3 hours each day. Students who have received credit in the past have arranged an independent study with their program. The field school director is available to discuss requirements with students’ advisors.

About the Field School Director: Dr. Alexandra Martin is a Registered Professional Archaeologist with over 15 years of experience on archaeological sites and with archaeological collections. Alix has worked with field school students at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Archaeological Field Schools and has directed annual field schools at Strawbery Banke Museum since 2014. Alix is also an anthropology professor at the University of New Hampshire where she teaches introductory archaeology courses and is a core faculty member in the Native American and Indigenous Studies minor.

About Strawbery Banke Archaeology: 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 in northern New England.