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Archaeology field school set for Holderness this summer

This June and July, the N.H. Division of Historical Resources’ annual archaeology field school will study an approximately 4,000-year-old Native American site near Squam Lake in Holderness.

One of the main objectives of the field school is to determine when Native Americans may have lived at the site and how they may have used it.

Coordinated through the Division of Historical Resources’ New Hampshire State Conservation and Rescue Archaeology Program (SCRAP), the field school will conform to archaeology standards set by the National Park Service. N.H. State Archaeologist Dr. Richard Boisvert will direct all fieldwork and instruction.

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, background readings, and evening lectures by various affiliated scholars are all part of the experience.

Volunteer participants and those seeking graduate or undergraduate credit through Plymouth State University may register for any of the three two-week sessions: June 22 – July 3, July 6 – July 17 and July 20 – July 31. Fieldwork will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.

Volunteers will receive the same instruction as credit students. There is no fee to participate as a volunteer, however, a $40 donation to defray the cost of supplies and instructional materials is suggested.

Advance registration is required. For more information and to register, visit and click on “Upcoming Events & Opportunities,” then “SCRAP Field School 2015” 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, archeological, 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 or by calling 603-271-3483.




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