Alabama Museum to Excavate Remains of Key Frontier Settlement
The early 19th-century remains of Globe Hotel at the site of Alabama's first territorial capitol will be excavated by a team of participants in an archaeology camp hosted by the Alabama Museum of Natural History, held in four one-week sessions, June 9- July 6. The group will investigate the structure at the 1790s town site of Old St. Stephens in Washington County, Alabama-now a ghost town-which once thrived as a Spanish fort, an American fort and Choctaw Indian trading post, and the first territorial capitol of Alabama. In addition to the dig, participants will explore the St. Stephens Quarry to conduct a fossil survey, camp near the Hobucakintopa Bluff where Spanish explorers built the first of two forts in 1789, and experience the natural beauty of South Alabama woodlands along the west bank of the Tombigbee River.
The archaeology camp, known as Museum Expedition 24, is designed for high school students, teachers, and parents, but is also open to history, science, or archaeology enthusiasts who wish to learn excavation techniques, lab procedures, and artifact identification. Tuition is $400 per week and includes room and board, and scientific equipment. For more information, call 205-348-0534, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the web site at amnh.ua.edu.
Field Schools Offered Throughout Summer in Illinois
The Center for American Archeology, Kampsville, Illinois, will offer field schools for students and teachers from junior high to adult from June to September. The field schools are one or two weeks in length. Participants will learn field excavation and laboratory methods, as well as sample the experimental archaeology curriculum.
After two summers of field excavation at Koster South, the Center for American Archeology (CAA) is looking forward to a third session during the Summer 2002 Field Excavation Programs. Koster South, originally identified by Northwestern University in 1969, is located approximately 400 meters to the south of the Koster Site. Past excavations have yielded numerous Middle Woodland artifacts, which were not a large presence at the primary site. Post molds, pit features, trade items such as rolled copper, drills, a metate and mano, blades, cores, points, a hoe fragment, and sherds from the Havana, Baehr, and Hopewell series are some of the Middle Woodland artifacts that have been recovered.
This year, students and staff members will place test units to the west of the Summer 2000 and 2001 units in the hopes of finding Mississippian occupation areas that were discovered in 1969 by Northwestern University. As CAA Archeologists work on furthering their knowledge of the Illinois River Valley cultural history, continued excavation at Koster South will broaden their understanding of the site and its relationship to other sites within the area. For more information, call 618-653-4316 or visit the web site at www.caa-archeology.org.
New Hampshire Plans Ponds and Lakes Survey of the Great North Woods
The New Hampshire State Conservation and Rescue Archaeology Program (SCRAP) will conduct a survey between June 23 and July 31. Participation is open to volunteers of at least 16 years of age and individuals may participate either as volunteers or as college credit students. The survey will include research at a Paleoindian site, high and low altitude ponds and the headwaters of the Connecticut River in the northernmost part of New Hampshire. Participants will be taught the fundamentals of archaeological survey in forested areas, artifact recognition skills, field data recording techniques, and field laboratory methods.
The field school will be directed by Dr. Richard Boisvert, Deputy State Archaeologist, and will conform to the standards set by the National Park Service. Field accommodations will be based at Appalachian Mount Club and NH State Parks campgrounds. For more information go to www.nhscrap.org, or email email@example.com.
Dallas Field School to Study African-American Community
University of Texas at Austin is offering an archaeological field school from June 5-July 10. Excavations will examine late 19th-century urban life in downtown Dallas, Texas. The major research objective will be to study the historical, cultural, and social development of African-American communities within Dallas from 1870 into the early 20th century. Excavations will focus on abandoned house lots in an area of the city once settled by ex-slaves, free blacks, and their descendants. For more information, contact Dr. Maria Franklin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Belize Field Project to Examine Mayan Caves
The Western Belize Regional Cave Project will be conducting archaeological research within various caves in Belize, Central America, this summer. This regional study will involve caves in the periphery of the ancient Maya city of Caracol and caves investigated in previous seasons. The archaeological material under investigation includes elite burials, stone monuments, and cave art. Dr. Jaime Awe of the Belize Department of Archaeology will be directing the archaeological investigations, which will include exploration of cave sites, survey, mapping of chambers, typing of pottery, artifact tabulation, and data recording. In addition, the project will also include laboratory efforts where participants will be exposed to ceramic and lithic analyses and preliminary analysis of human remains. Lectures will provide an overview of Maya civilization with a particular focus on ideology and cosmology relating to the use of caves by prehistoric Maya.
The field research sessions are one month or two weeks in duration in June and July, although customized sessions are possible. Registration fees include lodging, weekday meals, and transportation to and from the cave sites. Travel to and from Belize and incidental expenses are the responsibility of the participant. For more information email BelizeMaya@aol.com or visit our website at www.indiana.edu/~belize.