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  • Locations: Smith's Island, Bermuda
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Language of instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing: Apartment Area of study: Archaeology, Field Methods, History
Program type: Field work
Program Description:

Rochester Faculty Led: Archaeology Field School - Smiths Island, Bermuda

Program Description | AcademicsProgram Contacts | Costs | Additional Information 

Program Description


Now entering its seventh season, the Smiths Island Archaeology Field School has trained dozens of students in excavation and research methods and prepared them for graduate study. Besides investigating a variety of 17th and 18th-century sites ranging from a 400-year old early settlers’ house to a quarantine hospital, students learn about the early Modern Atlantic World from an island at its center. Students are involved in all aspects of fieldwork, including excavation, artifact identification, documentary research, mapping, photography, and 3D digital modeling. Through readings, exploration, tours of local sites and even an experimental archeology practicum, students will learn about Bermuda’s extensive history and the process of Americanization. During the 2018 season, we will extend excavations near Oven Site (c. 1615) to find the main manor house, continue digging a military and civilian quarantine site, and survey the island’s western bay to find new sites.

Prior archaeological experience or knowledge of early American history is not required!
Accommodations
We will stay in Block House, an 18th-century building located at the center of St. George’s. Housing and food are included in the program cost, but students may have to cook their own meals. Bermuda is very expensive: most food is imported and rents are very high. There will be a certain element of “roughing it” to keep the field school affordable. That said, you will be living in the oldest town in English America and a short walk away from four beaches.
 

Academics

Most students enroll in HIS 299 (Field and Research Methods in Archaeology) and earn 4 University of Rochester credits. Students with prior archaeological field experience can take HIS 398 (Advanced Field Methods). These courses can satisfy requirements in the UR Archaeology, Technology and Historic Structures program or be used toward history or anthropology majors. Graduate Students can get 5 credits for taking HIS 498 Archaeology Field & Research Methods for the same program fee.
Fieldwork
We will spend four weeks excavating sites on 60-acre Smiths Island, located in St. George’s Harbour, and will commute to work daily by boat. Work will be physically demanding. Because the island is heavily overgrown, this field school may not be suitable for students highly allergic to poison ivy. Work will include a blend of field excavation and artifact processing and analysis. On rain days, we will conduct primary research in the Bermuda Archives in Hamilton (Bermuda’s capital). We may also snorkel over nearby bays and shipwreck sites to look for evidence of shipbuilding. The work, in short, will be hard but intellectually rewarding.
Prerequisites
There are no prerequisites


Program Contacts


Michael Jarvis
Department of History
Rush Rhees 364
University of Rochester
Rochester,NY 14627
Michael.Jarvis@rochester.edu
 

Costs


The total program fee (including tuition) for 2018 is $4,250 plus airfare to Bermuda but includes housing, food, transportation, and field trips within Bermuda

NEW for 2018: UR students can get a grant up to $500 for airfare.  

Additional Information 


Letter of Recommendation: Please list the name, department, title, and email of a professor willing to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf. Also arrange to have this person send this letter directly to MICHAEL JARVIS at the address or email above.
Reality Check: Archaeology has little to do with Indiana Jones or Lara Croft and is hardly the romantic action-packed enterprise that movies present. This field school will be both physically and mentally challenging and involve meticulous attention to detail in the archives, field, and lab. Please attach an academic resume and a statement (500 words) relating why you want to participate in this project and what you hope to learn.

 

Scholarships

Scholarship for Summer 2018!

Apply for a UR Summer Faculty Scholarship here
 
 
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