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Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
(603) 271-3136
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Archaeology field school openings near capacity for Summer 2017

After nearly doubling its usual number of archaeology field schools for the summer, registration for the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources’ State Conservation and Rescue Archaeology Program (SCRAP) program is nearing capacity.

Two different sites, one occupied by Paleoindians 12,000 years ago and the other a 17th-19th century mill community, will be the focus of this year’s archaeological investigations. The Paleoindian site in Jefferson has yielded evidence of caribou hide processing, tool manufacturing and encampment areas. Last year’s survey of “the Hollow” at Livermore Falls site revealed sites of milling and light industrial activities as well as the former locations of several buildings.

The Jefferson sessions take place June 26-July 7, July 9-21 and July 23-Aug. 4; Livermore Hollow’s are Aug. 7-18 and Aug. 21-Sept. 1. Fieldwork will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. Participants can choose to participate in one, several or all of the sessions.

SCRAP field schools conform to archaeology standards set by the National Park Service. Participants receive hands-on instruction in data recovery techniques, artifact identification and excavation documentation. While graduate and undergraduate credit through Plymouth State University is available, most field school attendees are volunteers who participate to receive an introduction to archaeology.

June 12 is the deadline to register for all 2017 SCRAP summer field schools. For more information and to register, visit and click on “Upcoming Events & Opportunities,” then “SCRAP Field School 2017” or contact the NHDHR at 603-271-6433.

New Hampshire's Division of Historical Resources, the “State Historic Preservation Office,” was established in 1974. Its mission is to preserve and celebrate New Hampshire’s irreplaceable historic resources through programs and services that provide education, stewardship, and protection. For more information, visit us online at or by calling 603-271-3483.




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