Dig through Pennsylvania history with Penn State summer program

February 08, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- For students wanting to dig up a worthwhile educational experience this summer, the Penn State Department of Anthropology is offering the 2012 Archaeological Field School from May 21 to June 29 in Huntingdon, Pa.

The deadline for applications to attend the field school is Feb. 20.

Under the guidance of archaeologist Jonathan Burns, students will be exploring Fort Shirley, a Colonial-era fort established in 1755 during the French and Indian War. Participants will delve into the interior of the fort to find structures and features and expose the fort's corners and bastions. To fully understand its construction, they will be looking for artifacts that indicate the kind of activity that occurred in the fort.

"Seeing the students' excitement and enthusiasm build as they realize the significance of our research is rewarding," Burns said. "Knowing that they will remember this experience throughout their career places special importance on this course."

Students will also learn to lay out archeological grids, dig and conduct lab work. Most of the time spent at the school will be hands-on training in the field. This invaluable experience will help prepare students for future employment opportunities while allowing them to contribute to the discovery and documentation of the site.

"Many students appreciate working on sites that relate to significant events they have studied before," said Claire Milner, curator and director of Exhibits at the Matson Museum of Anthropology at Penn State. "They often can connect more personally with the artifacts and personal remnants that they find in historic areas."

The field school, offered through Penn State Continuing Education, can be taken for 6 credits via the courses Anthropology (ANTH) 492 and 493.

The program is open to Penn State undergraduate and graduate students and students at other colleges and universities. Students will be housed at the Juniata College campus in Huntingdon. Regular Penn State tuition rates apply.

For more information, visit http://www.outreach.psu.edu/programs/field-school/index.html online.

Penn State Continuing Education offers a venue for adults to return to the classroom. Continuing Education reaches more than 34,000 adult learners annually at Penn State campuses statewide. Continuing Education is part of Penn State Outreach, the largest unified outreach organization in American higher education. Penn State Outreach serves more than 5 million people each year, delivering more than 2,000 programs to people in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and 115 countries worldwide.

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