2016 Archaeology Field School

Archaeological dig at the site of Emily Dickinson's conservatory

May 19-June 13, 2016: Archaeology Field School at the Emily Dickinson Museum

Applications are now being accepted for the Historical Archaeology Summer Field School, a collaboration between the Emily Dickinson Museum and University of Massachusetts Archaeological Services.

The field school runs Tuesday through Saturday, May 19 to June 13. Participants will learn the fundamentals of archaeological field and laboratory research in addition to historical interpretation centered around the Dickinson properties. Projects include archaeology at the site of the Dickinson family barn, further investigation of the Dickinson conservatory site (initial work began in 2014), and testing in the area of a soon to be reestablished heirloom apple orchard.

"The Emily Dickinson Museum and UMass Archaeological Services have worked closely together to explore the Museum grounds in an effort to more fully understand the historic physical landscape that was the backdrop to the lives of Emily Dickinson and her family," says Emily Dickinson Museum Executive Director Jane Wald. "We hope that opening this process up to students will be a memorable learning experience that builds on the work already done here in past years. This is very important archaeological research, but I think it will also be a lot of fun for everyone involved."

The summer field school is offered by the Department of Anthropology through UMass Amherst Continuing and Professional Education.

Learn more about the Archaeology Field School here.

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