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 kdavis@ursinus.edu for inquiries regarding the field school. Enrollment begins Feb 15th. Please contact Historic Trappe at info@historictrappe.org for inquiries regarding the many volunteer opportunities or community events.