STRAWBERY BANKE MUSEUM

 

Note: For the summer of 2022, Strawbery Banke is offering two options for students seeking experience in archaeological methods: a virtual, asynchronous "field school;" and an in-person lab methods course at the museum's Carter Collections Center.
 
See below for more details. For questions, please contact and if you have any questions, please contact Alexandra Martin, Strawbery Banke Archaeologist and Field School Director, at amartin[AT]sbmuseum.org.
 

 
Virtual "Field School" (Online and asynchronous)
Monday, June 13-Friday, June 17, 2022
FULL! Waiting list available. Contact amartin[at]sbmuseum.org.
 
Cost per person:
Members $30; Nonmembers $40.

Registration information
The Virtual "Field School" is limited to 30 participants, ages 16+. Registration is open on a rolling basis until all the spots are filled. 
 
Course Description:  
This course is intended to offer students training in archaeological methodology. Because social science research has been interrupted by COVID-19, archaeologists have increased reliance on mediated techniques to continue their research. This virtual field school offers a series of five asynchronous, self-paced modules including material and digital techniques that participants can explore and apply. These modules include:
  1. Strawbery Banke Archaeology
  2. Artifact Curation, Conservation, and Interpretation
  3. Virtual Fieldwork
  4. Public Archaeology
  5. Final Public Product

The course culminates in participants' development of an online StoryMap and/or blog post to share the results of a self-led research question. The instructor provides videos from the museum grounds and lab, course readings, and exercises.

Cancellation Policy:
Due to the limited capacity of this event, there can be no refunds.

 

On-Site Lab School
Monday, June 20 - Friday, July 1, 2022; M-F from 9 AM to 4 PM
FULL! Waiting list available. Contact amartin[at]sbmuseum.org.

Cost per person: 
Members $450; Nonmembers $500
 
Registration information:
The On-Site lab School is limited to 6 participants, ages 16+. Applicants must fill out the "Strawbery Banke Museum Archaeological Lab School 2022 Application Form" in addition to registering. 
 
Course Description:  
This course is intended to offer students hands-on training in archaeological lab methodology. Students work in the Carter Collections Center laboratory to gain experience in processing, identifying, and cataloging artifacts recovered from recent excavations. This year, research focuses on analyzing archaeological resources recovered from the c. 1695 Sherburne House in advance of the house’s reinterpretation as part of Portsmouth’s Quadricentennial Celebration in 2023. Field trips, museum tours, and required readings on Historical and Public Archaeology introduce students to various areas of specialization, including artifact identification and conservation, research, and interpretation. Students are expected to prepare a blog post or interpretive panel to describe artifacts to museum visitors. According to one past student, the lab school "allowed us to really use our minds to have to research and interpret our artifacts.” 
 
Cancellation Policy:
Due to the limited capacity of this event, there can be no refunds.

Scholarship:
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.  Students majoring in anthropology or archaeology-related disciplines are especially encouraged to apply.  The Museum considers both academic achievement and financial needs in its deliberations. Click here to apply.

 

General Info:

Available Credits: 
Students may arrange to receive academic credit through their university. 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 nearly 20 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 the coordinator for 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.