Island Archaeology

Course Dates

June 12, 2017 to June 19, 2017

Equivalent Note

Available primarily as a non-credit course. Credited option available; please contact us for further information.

Course Description

Island Archeaology

The rugged Isles of Shoals off the coast of Maine have a long history of human settlement dating from the late 16th century. Early communities were economically based on fish processing. Students will take part in ongoing archaeological research on the site of a fish processing station on Smuttynose Island, located adjacent to Appledore Island's Shoals Marine Laboratory. In this course you will learn about the past human communities that lived on the island (prehistoric to the late 19th century) and about organisms (fish, bird, shellfish) that were present in the marine environment during those periods. Students live at SML on Appledore Island and commute to Smuttynose Island by boat (10 min) each day. 

Course work will include documentation, reporting and completion of architectural, historic and prehistoric site survey and excavation forms suitable for historic preservation submission. Training in field logistics, scheduling, ethics, and public relations are also part of this course. The Register of Professional Archaeology Standards and Practice will be used as a guide.


Dr. Nathan Hamilton:

Associate Professor, Department of Geography-Anthropology, University of Southern Maine

Dr. Robin Hadlock Seeley:

Senior Research Associate, Cornell University and Shoals Marine Laboratory

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Course Numbers

Cornell: non-credit
UNH: non-credit