FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 9, 2014
Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
Archaeological training available in Coös County
The N.H. Division of Historical Resources, through its State Conservation and Rescue Archaeology Program (SCRAP) program, will operate archaeological field school sessions at two important Paleoindian sites in the North Country this summer.
The 2014 field school will investigate both Mt. Jasper – a site in Berlin, N.H. that was used for more than 12,000 years – and a caribou hunting and processing encampment overlooking the Israel River in Jefferson, N.H.
Instruction will conform to standards for archaeology set by the National Park Service. Participants will learn site documentation, artifact identification and data recovery skills, as well as the basics of field mapping, including the use of GPS.
Successful completion of the fieldwork will result in SCRAP certification as a survey and excavation technician. Graduate or undergraduate credit through Plymouth State University is also available.
The field school will take place in three two-week sessions: June 23 – July 3, July 7 – July 18 and July 21 – August 1. Fieldwork will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, with occasional evening lectures. Participants choosing to reside at a field camp in Randolph will need to provide their own tents and camping gear.
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 “Upcoming Events and Opportunities” 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 and cultural resources of New Hampshire are among its most important environmental assets. 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 www.nh.gov/nhdhr or call 603-271-3483.