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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 29, 2012

Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
(603) 271-3136
shelly.angers@dcr.nh.gov
Twitter: @NHCulture

Archaeology field school to focus on N.H. 12,000 years ago

This summer, the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources, through its New Hampshire State Conservation and Rescue Archaeology Program (SCRAP), will operate a field school at a recently discovered 12,000-year-old Paleoindian site located in Jefferson, N.H.

The field school participants will learn fundamental recovery and documentation techniques as well as basic artifact identification and field laboratory methods. Hands-on instruction in the field will be supplemented by background readings, evening lectures by various affiliated scholars and field trips to nearby Paleoindian sites.

Participants may volunteer; graduate or undergraduate credit through Plymouth State University is also available. Volunteers will receive the same instruction as credit students. Successful completion of the fieldwork will result in SCRAP certification as an excavation technician.

There is no fee to participate as a volunteer, however, a $35 donation to defray the cost of supplies and instructional materials is suggested.

The field school will take place in three two-week sessions: June 24 – July 6, July 8 – July 20 and July 22 – August 3. Fieldwork is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.

Dr. Richard A. Boisvert, state archaeologist, will direct the field school. Advance registration is required. For more information and to register, visit http://www.nh.gov/nhdhr/SCRAP.htm and click on “SCRAP Field School 2012” or contact the N.H. Division of Historical Resources at (603) 271-6433.

New Hampshire's Division of Historical Resources, the “State Historic Preservation Office,” was established in 1974. The historical, archaeological, architectural, engineering and cultural resources of New Hampshire are among the most important environmental assets of the state. Historic preservation promotes the use, understanding and conservation of such resources for the education, inspiration, pleasure and enrichment of New Hampshire’s citizens. For more information, visit us online at www.nh.gov/nhdhr or by calling (603) 271-3483.

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