Location: New London, Connecticut, United States
Embedded in an active, methodologically rigorous research program addressing the linkages between modern material culture and behavior in urban America, this field school aims to produce a robust dataset that allows archaeologists to reflect on the ways that social identity is indexed in/with everyday trash. Working in a unique, New England urban setting, students will learn to apply both archaeological and ethnographic research methods as they study the garbage of city dwellers from ethnoarchaeological and forensic perspectives, with special attention to the most ubiquitous of urban trash, cigarettes. Field and lab training include surface survey, artifact collection and identification, GPS mapping, photography, scan sampling, person-centered interviewing, GIS, and database design.
Period(s) of Occupation: Contemporary
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Entire duration of field school
Room and Board Arrangements
All students will be housed on the Connecticut College campus in dormitory student housing. Students can park in a nearby lot.
Students will have a meal plan with the dining services staff at Harris Refractory on the Connecticut College campus (costs included in field school fee). Breakfast and dinner will be served at the Harris Refractory and bag lunches for the field will be prepared by Dining Services staff each day. All meals will be communal events and will provide plenty of nutritious but basic food in the tradition of local cuisine. Culinary options for vegetarians, vegans, and folks with other food preferences and/or restrictions are available.
All students will have access to the Connecticut College Fitness Center and Pool during summer operational hours.
Please let us know when you apply for this program if you have special dietary needs, as well as any medical or physical conditions. We will advise you accordingly. The project is used to catering for vegetarians, those with gluten intolerance etc.