Archaeological Field Schools at Newport Site

Posted on 2/12/2019 10:25:14 AM

IUP Anthropology will teach basic and advanced archaeological field schools July 8–August 16, 2019.

IUP Archaeology Field school studentsArchaeological Field School (ANTH 320/520) is an introduction to archaeological survey, field excavation, and laboratory processing. This field school is open to anyone interested in learning more about how archaeology is done.

Advanced Archaeological Field Methods (ANTH 740) is advanced instruction in survey and excavation methods with an emphasis on the application of research designs to field settings and the logistics of supervising projects. This field school is designed for students with a previous field school who are interested in learning more about how to run their own archaeological project.

Both courses integrate traditional methods and technology (including geophysics) and are six-credit courses.

The field schools will investigate the site of Newport, Pennsylvania. Newport was founded circa 1790 and served as an important river town until the early 19th century. It included several businesses, a hotel, a post office, and a wharf. The site is now completely abandoned.

This year’s archaeological investigations will include shovel test pits, excavation units, geophysics, metal detecting, and artifact analysis to identify the site boundaries and gauge its archaeological integrity.

Field schools are also open to non-IUP students.

For additional information, contact Ben Ford at

Students can register through the Summer Sessions website.