Archaeology dig

Field School

Field Schools are for-credit learning opportunities for students looking for hands-on experience in archaeological research and excavations. Participating in one of the CfPA’s summer field schools guarantees students will learn the fundamentals of planning and preparing archaeological projects, and investigating archaeological sites, including

  • Site survey and identification
    • Pedestrian/Reconnaissance
    • Aerial and satellite imagery
    • Mapping
  • Site preparation
    • Establishing a site datum
    • Grid layout
  • Subsurface sampling
    • Shovel test pits (STPs)
  • Controlled excavations
    • Area and vertical
    • Stratigraphic and arbitrary-level techniques
  • Data recovery
    • Macro artifacts (0.6 cm sieves)
    • Micro artifacts (< 0.6 cm in size, heavy and light fractions)
  • Documenting and recording
    • Field specimen system
    • Piece-plotting (point provenience)
    • Plan and profile drawing
    • Field photography a videography
  • Laboratory procedures
    • Artifact processing
    • Identification and cataloging

Summer 2019 Archaeological Field School
May 22 - June 19

The Site

Rock Hall, located in Lawrence, New York, is an eighteenth-century Georgian-style manor and the only remaining remnant of the sprawling 600-acre estate built and occupied by Josiah Martin, a wealthy British sugar merchant from Antigua. Historical records reveal that a number of enslaved men, women, and children lived and labored in the home, gardens, and fields on the Martin family estate.

Course Description

ANTH 033 - Archaeological Field Methods
Summer Session I
3 Credits

In this course students learn the fundamental methods and principles of anthropological archaeology while contributing as an active member of a research project on a historical site. This four-week course incorporates archival, field, and laboratory components, providing students with practical experience in data collection, processing, and analysis. In addition to intensive training in field survey and controlled, systematic excavation techniques, participants have the chance to gain experience using GNSS receivers, a total station, and other specialized equipment used to plan, implement, and record archaeological excavations.


Hofstra students, visiting students, and volunteers are welcome.

Field School I
Field School II
Field School III