William Peace University Field School in Historical Archaeology of the Lower Cape Fear, Fort Caswell, North Carolina


Location: Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States

Season: 
May 25, 2015 to June 20, 2015

Session dates: 
May 25 - June 20

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Flyer: wpu_archaeological_field_school_application_2015.pdf

Program Type

Field school

Affiliation:

William Peace University, Anthropology

Project Director:

Vincent Melomo, Ph. D., William Peace Univeristy, and Thomas Beaman, M.A., RPA, Wake Technical Community College

Project Description

The 2015 William Peace University Archaeological Field School will be held at Fort Caswell, a National Register Historic Site located on the lower Cape Fear River, from Monday, May 25th through Saturday, June 20th.  Students participating in the field school earn 4 credits in ANT 450 Archaeological Fieldwork.  The field school will provide students training in basic methods of archaeological survey and excavation as they explore the history and culture of the U.S. through this unique site.  Construction on Fort Caswell began in 1826, and it was an active fort through the Civil War, Spanish American War, and WWI, as well as a resort and conference center in the 20th century.  The field school also includes training in an archaeological field lab, and students will hear guest lectures on Cape Fear history and North Carolina archaeology by visiting archaeologists and historians.  The students are housed in the quiet beach town of Oak Island, and will have the opportunity to visit nearby North Carolina historic and cultural sites such as Southport and Fort Fisher. <!--break-->

The summer archaeological field school will be co-directed by Vincent Melomo, Ph.D., of William Peace University and Thomas Beaman, RPA, of Wake Technical Community College.  The excavation is made possible with the assistance of the Coe Foundation for Archaeological Research.

The cost of the program is $1500 (est.) for tuition, lodging, transportation, lunches, and course materials.  The program cost is $1000 (est.) for students who are local to the site and who do not need lodging.   Students will be housed on Oak Island, twenty minutes from the field site, and walking distance to shopping, restaurants and the beach.  Students will be expected to share living space with a group of other students.  Transportation will be provided from William Peace University in Raleigh, North Carolina to Oak Island on May 25, to and from the site daily, and back to Raleigh, NC on Saturday, June 20 if needed.  The work week will run from Monday through Friday, 8-5.  Lunch will be provided on site on work days, and students are responsible for their own breakfast and dinners, and for lunch on non-work days.  Students from all majors are encouraged to apply, and you should have taken at least one introductory course in archaeology by the start of the field school. 

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Vinnie Melomo at 919-508-2277, or vmelomo@peace.edu

Thank you for your interest in our program.

Period(s) of Occupation: Historical, Military History, Civil War, WWI: early 19th-early 20th Century.

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4 weeks

Minimum age: 
18

Experience required: 
No archaeological experience is required, but some coursework in archaeology is preferred.

Room and Board Arrangements

Lodging is covered by the program fees.  Students will be housed in the beach town of Oak Island in seasonal rental houses or condominiums, twenty minutes from the field site and walking distance to shopping and restaurants.  Students will be expected to share living space with up to 7 other people and may be asked to share a king or queen size bed.  Linens, pillows, and towels will be provided. There will be kitchen facilities and cooking equipment, and a washer and dryer.  High-speed internet service may also be available. Lunch will be provided on site on work days, and students are responsible for their own breakfast and dinners, and for lunch on non-work days. 

Students who are local to the area and who do not need lodging will have their fees reduced accordingly.

Transportation will be provided from William Peace University in Raleigh, NC to Oak Island on May 25, to and from the site daily, and back to Raleigh, NC on Saturday, June 20 if needed. 

Cost: 
The cost of the program is $1500 (est.) for tuition, lodging, transportation, lunches, and course materials. The program cost is $1000 (est.) for students who are local to the site and who do not need lodging.

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
William Peace University
Number of credits offered 4

Location

Contact Information
Dr. Vincent Melomo
William Peace University, 15 East Peace Street
Raleigh
NC
US
27604
Telephone: 
919 508-2277
Fax: 
919 508-2326