Summer Archaeological Field School

Field Research in Archaeology

ANTH 421 Field Research in Archaeology is a summer field program that introduces you to methods that archaeologists use to identify, excavate, record, and interpret archaeological sites. The emphasis is on providing you first-hand experience with methods of archaeological analysis in the field and preliminary artifact processing techniques through participation in ongoing field research. 

The overall objective of the course is for you to develop proficiency in the basic methods and skills of excavation, as well as field and lab procedures for processing materials recovered during excavation. Upon successfully completing the six-credit course, you are qualified for employment in the field of cultural resources management (CRM).

This course is team taught by Namita Sugandhi, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Hartwick College and Cynthia Klink, Lecturer in Archaeology, SUNY Oneonta.

Dates & Course Schedule

May 29-June 28, 2019

Class Meets in the Field: Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Class Meeting in the Lab: Two evenings per week from 5:15-7:15 p.m.

Archaeological field work requires the ability to constantly use your hands and arms, walk, crouch, bend, kneel, and lift heavy buckets of soil. You will be required to work outdoors in potentially adverse conditions: heat, cold, wind, rain, etc. Because we work as a team, it is important that you be able to get along well with others and be able to take constructive criticism and follow directions.


The course takes place at the Pine Lake archaeological site, located on Hartwick College’s Pine Lake Environmental Campus, Davenport, New York.

The excavation site is located on the flood plain of Charlotte Creek. A Late Archaic camp of the Lamoka culture dating about 3000-1500 BC has been discovered. Lamoka and Susquehanna Broadspear projectile points, fragments of steatite bowls, and stone lined fire hearths have been found.

More about Pine Lake

Costs, Registration & Payment

Tuition: $1980 ($330/credit X 6 credits)
Program Fee: $480

Make a $50 deposit by May 12 to secure your spot! Full payment due May 19.
Refund policy: Students who withdraw before May 19 forfeit their deposit. After May 19, tuition is non-refundable (unless the course is cancelled).

Send Check to: Office of Student Accounts, Hartwick College, P.O. Box 4020, Oneonta, NY 13820. Include ANTH 421 in the memo line.


This is a non-residential field school – you are not required to live at Pine Lake during the course. We do encourage it, however, for its convenience and facilitating a great field experience.

You may choose to live at Pine Lake, at additional cost.

  • Lodge double $400
  • Lodge single $450
  • Cabin single $500

If not living at Pine Lake, you are responsible for getting yourself to/from Pine Lake, on-time, every class day.

Housing Options

Food & Beverage

You are responsible for all of your own meals, snacks, and beverages regardless of where you live during the course. You need to pack your own lunch and snacks to take out to the field – there is only a half hour lunch break, insufficient time to go anywhere to get food during the class day.

Additional Information & Forms

Still have questions?

Contact Namita Sugandhi, Assistant Professor of Anthropology,



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