The Penn State Department of Anthropology will offer an archaeological field school at the Foster Farmstead, a nineteenth-century historic site located in State College, Pennsylvania, on the grounds of Penn State’s Arboretum. Under the direction of Dr. Claire Milner, field school participants will excavate in and around the farmhouse foundations and search for associated outbuildings.
This excavation is part of ongoing research by Dr. Milner on changes in consumerism, material culture, economy, and status in the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century farm communities of central Pennsylvania. Previous excavations by the 2006–09 field schools at two farmhouses on Penn State forestland in Huntingdon County provided an initial picture of local farm life, as it changed in the face of the agricultural revolution and other massive cultural transformations during the 1800s.
Whether you are a current anthropology student or simply interested in archaeology and history, this program is a great opportunity for you to get firsthand experience in archaeological fieldwork. Learn how to lay out grids, use a total station, excavate, and conduct preliminary laboratory work. Become familiar with historic buildings and artifacts, ranging from ceramics and glass to construction debris and leisure- time objects. Most of the instruction will be hands-on training in the field, but the course will also offer lectures on historical archaeology and local history.
This course can prepare you for employment in contract archaeology and for graduate school in anthropology. Students interested in history and other related fields also can benefit from this exciting and unique experience.
The field school will be offered through Penn State for 6 credits: ANTH 492 (3 credits) and ANTH 493 (3 credits). It will be held during the Maymester, from May 9 through June 8, 2016.
There will be a break for lunch. Some days will be devoted to lab work and lectures by visiting experts.