A Field School in Historical Archaeology is a summer course opportunity for students entering into grades 9- 12, which will take place at the Shays’ Settlement site in Sandgate, Vermont during the summer of 2017. The camp will provide interested students the opportunity to learn techniques in archaeological fieldwork by participating in the scientific study of a local 18th Century settlement founded in 1787, which is associated with Shays’ Rebellion. The course will consist of 3 or 4, one week blocks that students can sign up for, which will run Monday through Friday. The course is limited to 12 students per week. If there is room, students may opt to sign up for more than one week. The weeks the course will run include: July 31- August 4 and August 7-11

Shays' Settlement Summer Field School in Historical Archaeology 

Cambridge Central School will provide transportation to and from the school to the site, which will depart at 8:00 am, and return at 3:00 pm daily. Each day will consist of 5.5 hours of field experience and instruction, not including transportation to and from the site, giving each student a total of 27.5 hours of instructional time each week that they choose to participate. Successful completion of the course will earn them a quarter credit, and the course will show on their official transcript.

The course will run rain or shine, and students are expected to bring a bag lunch each day, and plenty of water or fluids to drink. If the weather is too wet, the course will take place at CCS school. The field camp involves working outside, and will expose students to learning the techniques of basic archaeological field work, which will include surveying, map making, site investigation, record keeping, archaeological excavation, along with artifact recovery and conservation. Also, because the nature of the fieldwork involves working outside, students should be prepared to get dirty and are required to bring hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, bug spray, long pants, and shoes or boots. The course will be taught by CCS teacher, Steve Butz who is currently leading the archaeological study of the Shays’ site. Mr. Butz will also be assisted by a teaching assistant on site.

If you are interested in participating in this summer experience, please contact Mr. Butz at steve.butz@cambridgecsd.org, or Cambridge Central School guidance counselor at 677-8527 extension 1422.