Anthropology and Sociology

Historic Trappe offers Intensive Archeology Summer Field School Opportunity

In partnership with Historic Trappe, Ursinus College will offer a summer field school in historic archaeology at Frederick Muhlenberg’s 18th C home and business, The Speaker’s House. This intensive six-week course combines instruction in archaeological methods and theory with hands-on excavation training and experience. Through classroom discussions of assigned readings and weekly laboratory study, field school students will gain familiarity with many steps in the process of archaeological-meaning making. Students will develop the ability to identify and interpret discovered artifacts and place archaeological information within a cultural/historical framework.

The 2024 field school excavations are expected to run from June 4 to July 13, on a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. Saturdays will include public archaeology days with community members, visitors, and public events through Historic Trappe.

The course title is ANTH/HIST-385 Historical Archaeology Field School (6 credits). No prereqs. All majors and years welcome. Course registration fee is $2,250. Housing is available to enrolled Ursinus students at this cost. Meals may be available at an additional cost.

Please contact Professor Kate Davis at for inquiries regarding the field school. Enrollment begins Feb 15th. Please contact Historic Trappe at for inquiries regarding the many volunteer opportunities or community events.