Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Summer Archaeology with CCV at Noyes House, Morrisville, VT

The Community College of Vermont (CCV) and the Morristown Historical Society (Noyes House Museum, 122 Main Street, Morrisville, VT) are pleased to offer an historical archaeology field school on the grounds of the Noyes House Museum this summer!

The field school will provide a foundation in archaeological methods and offer a solid introduction to the practical skills of site survey, excavation, recording, and laboratory procedures. Field school participants will excavate along the foundation walls of the Noyes House, which was occupied from the 1820s until the 1950s by local mill owners and the family of Carlos Noyes, the president of the Lamoille Savings Bank. The prospect of finding kitchen middens, a well, and foundations to outbuildings is likely as we excavate along the building's walls and across the lawn. Students will also actively participate in interpreting the archaeology at the site to the public via informal presentations and exhibits. The archaeological work will lead to a better understanding of the domestic lives of those that lived in the Noyes House.

Having had an introductory course in archaeology will be helpful but is not mandatory. The course is designed for the beginner and does not assume that students have previous archaeological classroom or field experience. Be prepared to get dirty and possibly wet on occasion. Students will receive three undergraduate credits for the course, ANT-2710-VU01.

Room and board is not available to students through CCV; however, local campgrounds and other accommodations are in the Morrisville area. Morrisville is approximately a one-hour drive from Burlington and forty-five minutes from Montpelier. Space is limited to eighteen students so early registration is strongly encouraged.

In-state students: $623 tuition, $50 registration fee, $50 materials fee
Out-of-state students: $1,196 tuition, $50 registration fee, $50 materials fee
Seniors (65+): FREE tuition, $50 registration fee, $50 materials fee

Our formal meeting time for excavations will be Wednesdays and Fridays 9am to 12pm daily from June 24 to August 7 (7 weeks). However, expect to work at the Noyes House Museum on homework assignments outside of these times but during museum hours (Wed-Sat 8am-6pm).

For more information, contact the museum director, Scott A. McLaughlin at noyeshousemuseum@gmail.com or 802-434-3906.

To apply, contact Yasmine Ziesler at Yasmine.Ziesler@ccv.edu or 802-865-4422. Information about the Archaeology Field School course, ANT-2710-VU01, and all of CCV’s summer course offerings are listed at http://www.ccv.edu.

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