Saturday, January 14, 2017

The 2017 Field School starts in just six months!

It's easier to deal with Western New York winters when I have a Bermuda field school to look forward to... Actually this year, I will be doing two field schools - the first with the University of Ghana in May and June teaching digital archaeology at Elmina, an enormous, infamous slave trade castle built in 1482 and working with photogrammetry and laser scanners to build high resolution 3D models of the site and working out its construction evolution.  Anyone interested in participating in this field school can click HERE for more information!

The 2017 Smiths Island field school will run from July 9 to August 5, after the excitement and crowding of Americas Cup has passed and life has returned to normalcy - or as normal as Bermuda ever gets! We are very excited to have spacious new quarters for this summer, staying at the St. George's Primary School (thank you Garth and Mary!!!). Not only will we have fantastic views of the harbour (we are right next to the Unfinished Church and thus have the view of all 18th c. Bermuda governors!) but also unlimited access to a playground and soccer/cricket field for after-hours recreation. My Inner Child will be very happy.


Click HERE to download an information sheet and application. The deadline is March 1, 2017 but I will be accepting qualified applicants on a rolling basis before then. Space is limited to FIFTEEN STUDENTS, so apply early!

Our focus in 2017 will be on completing the excavation of the artifact-rich cistern and finding the hypothesized main house adjoining Oven Site, greatly expanding our uncovering of the Smallpox Bay site to map the posthole clusterings thought to reflect Governor Moore's brief 1612 town, and hopefully making maps and preliminary assessments of two new promising sites at the west end. If all goes well, we will make some real breakthroughs and start to tell the stories of two completely new and entirely undocumented homesteads that look to be at least 300 years old. I can't wait to get started!