Partners and Supporters

Although Project Directors ostensibly get the lion's share of the credit for the flashy finds and slow, methodical research at archaeological excavations, these achievements really depend on the labours of a wide array of collaborators, partners, supporters, benefactors, and volunteers. I owe my graduate and undergraduate students the biggest debt of gratitude for the countless hours of hard work, challenging questions, intense curiosity and energy, and occasional lunacy they've brought to the sites over the past five years. It is sharing in the camaraderie that springs from a sense of common purpose as much as new historical discoveries that keeps me coming back to Smiths Island year after year. Besides a hard-earned t-shirt, veterans of the Smiths Island field school become lifetime members of an elite group - the Loyal Order of the Tree Frog - upon surviving the season. Should you ever see a giant green tree frog projected in the sky above, you are either really drunk, hallucinating, or being called to return to Smiths Island to defend our sites and vanquish evil.

Loyal Order of the Tree Frog Members

Cameron Baretto ('15)
Mimi Beard ('14, '15)
Quarin Bey-Muhammad ('12)
Jordan Cicoria ('12)
Ethan Dimmock ('15)
Kristina Fricker ('12, '13)
Anima Ghimire ('13)
Bailey Hilt ('15)
Ashley Hunter ('14)
Kelsey Hurley ('14)
Charlotte Jarvis ('10)
Leigh Koszarsky ('12. '13, '14, '15)
Andrew Lingrel ('14)
Alexandra Mairs-Kessler ('10)
Samantha Martinez ('14, '15)
Samantha Oliva ('14)
Luke Piscitelli ('14)
Gabby Pulcinelli ('15)
Mimi Ramsdell ('12)
Jim Rankine ('14, '15)
Mike Read ('12)
Rick Spurling ('10)
John Sterritt ('15)
Judd Wendland ('14)
Alice Wynd ('14, '15)
Jonathan Zeleznik ('13)

Site T-shirts from 2012 to 2015

We have also had many volunteers over the past three seasons, and those who have spent at least three days in the field with us have earned an official field school t-shirt (not available in stores!). They range from local St. George's and St. David's folk to visitors who have flown to Bermuda specifically to experience the dig. Thank you for donating your time!

Scott & Kelsey Amos ('13)
Jessica Balfour-Swain ('15)
Chloe Baron ('13)
Zoe Brady ('13)
Xander Cook ('14)
Jason Correia ('13, '14)
Alaina Cubbon ('13, '14)
Trenton Daniels ('14)
Sarah D'Alessio ('13, '14)
Ashley Desa ('15)
 Jim Hermann ('13)
Heather Miyano Kopelson ('14, '15)
Matt Lenoe ('14)
Alicia Marshall ('15)
Susan Mayall ('13, '14)
Ross Nedervelt ('14)
Luisa Olander ('14)
Fukumi Orikasa ('13)
Mark Orchard ('14)
Khari Place ('13, '14)
Katrina Ponti ('15)
Krystl Robinson-Assan ('13)
Fae Sapsford ('15)
Peter Schaub ('14)
Shannon Stapley ('14)
T.J. Stevens ('14)
Abby Stuart ('15)
Tawana Tannock ('14)
Roger Trott ('14) 
Matthew Viney ('14)




The UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER has been instrumental in establishing and running my field school, especially during the ten months of the year NOT spent in Bermuda. Jacqui Rizzo of the History Department and Jacqueline Levine and her staff at the Study Abroad Office keep me organized and help me get students enrolled and prepared for each summer's dig. Steve Manly of the Undergraduate Research Office has generously supported UR student participants with research funds to defray the field school cost. Renato Perucchio, Director of the UR's Archaeology, Technology, and Historic Structures program, has likewise been enormously supportive.

The BERMUDA NATIONAL TRUST has supported my historical and archaeological research since 1991 - half a lifetime in my case! As a graduate student I cut my teeth as a researcher uncovering the histories of many of the BNT's St. George's properties, in conjunction with Colonial Williamburg Foundation's Department of Archaeological Research. The BNT's Archaeological Research Committee provides vital support in terms of equipment, lab facilities, and handling complex immigration and housing matters necessary for students to volunteer and study in Bermuda. Its members are also old friends who have been digging with me before many of next year's field school students were even born. They are a big reason that I love coming back to Bermuda year after year.

The ST. GEORGE'S FOUNDATION under the leadership of Rick Spurling has supported the Smiths Island Archaeology Project from its inception in 2009, when Rick landed me at Smallpox Bay on a November afternoon to start scouting sites. The SGF and the Spurlings helped me secure the workboat so important to working on an island and housed me and my first field crew of two in 2010 and has been very generous and engaged ever since. Most recently, the SGF's World Heritage Center has served as my field school classroom and is where I start and end each season with public talks, reporting to St. Georgians what we hope to find and then what we've actually found.

I am also grateful to the BERMUDA GOVERNMENT Parks Department for continued permission to investigate Smiths Island, the Bermuda  POLICE SERVICES for the use of rooms in its St. George's Barracks, and the PLANNING AND SURVEYING department for maps, aerial photos, and GIS files that have helped us find and assess our sites.


Operating a field school has a lot of moving parts, from feeding and housing students and overseas volunteers to commuting across a harbour to work each day and having a loo to use when you get there! 

Since 2013, SOMERS MARKET has generously donated its Food Bar surplus at the end of the day. Chef Arup's fantastic food makes us look forward to coming home each day - Bermudian, Indian, Thai, Mexican,  Caribbean, Southern - you name it - plus fish, ever popular mac and cheese, and great desserts. And this year Chef Ryan added his own West Indian delicacies to the mix, while Store Manager Mr. Ramotar kept us in breads, cakes, muffins, and pies throughout the weeks. 

Mr. Ramotar
Chef Arup with his 2014 shirt

Arup and Ryan with their 2015 shirts
ANNE AND NORMAN BROWN were our gracious hosts from 2012 through 2014 at Convict Bay, while this year FAITH BRIDGES and NEIL MONCRIEFF made available three newly renovated parts of Block House, a cluster of 18th-century houses located right next to Town Hall in the heart of Old St. George's - and conveniently next to our Reeve Court lab as well.

GARTH ROTHWELL has generously let us use his dock and, more importantly, the cottage next to his home (Dr. George Forbes's 1770 Smiths Island mansion), which provides us with 21st-century toilets, storage, and vital access to water. He has also thrown us a party on Fill-In Day 2014 that has gone down in field school lore as many a student's fondest moment.

Without GEOFFREY REDMOND's boats for our daily commute, we would have a hard time reaching our sites. They are both fun to drive and add an element of the unknown, with their sometimes temperamental motors and proclivity to switch from boat to barge and back, according to what he can spare us. He is also a great supporter of youth education about archaeology and has brought St. George's Primary School teachers and students out every year the field school has been running.


Contributors enhance the educational experiences of student-participants and advance their mastery of archaeological methods and Bermudian history in important ways.

Bermuda Archive

National Museum of Bermuda

Mark Norman

Carter House Museum (17th c. Day)

SEA/Corwith Cramer and Virginia

John Cox


Rick Spurling, Jacob Hocking, Paul Leseur, Henry Hayward, Than Butterfield, 


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