Schoharie Field School Summer 2014

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Update, 2014:

We are in the process of planning our 2014 summer field season for the Schoharie Valley field school. Registration for the field school begins on March 28th. Interested students should email Sean Rafferty to get their name on a waiting list. We are limited to approximately 20 students a season, and the list fills up fast, so get your name in soon! Once advanced registration begins, we will be in touch with studetns on the waiting list with permission numbers and course information. General information on the course is available below.

Sean M. Rafferty
Anthropology Department
University at Albany, SUNY

Course Description:

The archaeological field school is an eight week program designed to teach students the basics of archaeological field work, laboratory processing, and artifact analysis. Students will spend most of their time in the field; there will be a two week classroom session at the beginning of the program, where basic archaeological concepts will be discussed. In addition to field and classroom work students will also have scheduled lab sessions; days with inclement weather will also be spend in the lab.

The field school will be conducted at the Pethick site, a prehistoric Native American site that dates to approximately between 1,500 B.C. and AD 1500. Previous excavations at this site have uncovered numerous stone and ceramic artifacts, as well as the remains of ancient fire hearths, storage pits and house outlines. Excavations at the Pethick site are a copperative endeavor between the Department of Anthropology and the New York State Museum.

There are no required texts for the course. Excavation equipment will be provided. Work gloves and sturdy shoes or boots are highly recommended. Sun block, insect repellant, long-pants, and water are also recommended. Students are responsible for bringing their own lunch as it will be difficult to leave the site for meals.

This course is intended for students planning a career in archaeology; however, students who are not planning on future archaeological work will also find the course a rewarding experience, and are encouraged to attend. Successful completion of the course will allow students to seek employment at private or public contract archaeology firms throughout the United States.


4w1 and 4w2 semesters, Summer 2014 (May 27-July 18)


Pethick Site, Town of Schoharie, New York


Ant 335 (3 credits, 2 weeks, lab and lecture, mornings)
Ant 338 (6 credits, 6weeks, field excavation, all day)

Note: the course catalog lists each of these classes at 4 week each; the 2 week/6 week format listed hear is the actual schedule.

You Must Register for both Ant 335 and Ant 338

Graduate students interested in taking the field school must register for Ant 628 for four credits instead of the undergraduate classes listed above. Contact the instructor for details on graduate registration.


Tuition for 9 credits; refer to the Student Accounts page for current tuition rates


Vans depart from SUNY Albany at 8:30 am, and return by 4:30

For further information, contact:
Sean Rafferty
, Department of Anthropology, SUNY Albany