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NH summer archaeology field schools to focus on different time periods

This year’s annual archaeology field schools run by the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources will take place in two locations: a Native American site that is 1,000 to 4,000 years old near Squam Lake in Holderness, and the site of the 19th century Livermore Hollow community in Holderness and Campton.

At the first site, research will focus on studying different periods of occupation and on isolating specific activity areas. The Livermore Hollow field school, located on the Pemigewassett River at the Holderness and Campton town line, will work to identify building foundations and conduct testing to determine areas with intact archaeological deposits.

Coordinated through the NHDHR’s New Hampshire State Conservation and Rescue Archaeology Program (SCRAP), the field schools will conform to archaeology standards set by the National Park Service. N.H. State Archaeologist Dr. Richard Boisvert will direct fieldwork and instruction in Holderness. Edna Feighner, historic archaeologist at the NHDHR, will direct the Livermore Hollow investigations.

Participants will have hands-on instruction in site documentation, artifact identification and data recovery techniques. Although most SCRAP field school participants are volunteers, graduate and undergraduate credit through Plymouth State University is available. Volunteers 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.

The Holderness sessions take place June 19 – July 1 and July 5 – July 15; Livermore Hollow is July 18 – July 29. Fieldwork will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. Background readings and evening lectures are part of the experience.

Advance registration for the field school is required. For more information and to register, visit and click on “Upcoming Events & Opportunities,” then “SCRAP Field School 2016” or contact the NHDHR 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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