The 2023 NH State Conservation and Rescue Archaeology Program (SCRAP) archaeology field school is structured in two sessions, each two weeks long (June 19 – June 30 and July 3 – July 14). Fieldwork will take place daily on weekdays from 8 AM to 4 PM, with exception to July 4, which we will be taking off for the Holiday.
Session 1 will take place at Mollidgewock State Park in the town of Errol, NH. Field school participants will engage in excavation on a terrace of the Androscoggin River containing pre-contact Native American deposits focusing on an intact feature and an artifact concentration identified during previous field investigations. Students will document specific activity areas that are associated with the site. Data recovery techniques, artifact identification, and excavation documentation skills will be taught. Primitive camping (i.e., no showers or flush toilets) is available at the Mollidgewock State Park campground; however, participants must make their own arrangements by visiting the state park’s facility reservation website https://newhampshirestateparks.reserveamerica. com/.
Session 2 will take place at Bear Brook State Park, along the Suncook River, in the town of Allenstown, NH. Field school participants will engage in the survey of several areas exhibiting the potential to contain pre-contact Native American deposits. Work will focus on a terrace of the Suncook River within the park. Archaeological survey and excavation techniques including artifact identification and excavation documentation will be taught. Camping is available at the Bear Brook State Park campground; however, participants must make their own arrangements by visiting the state park’s facility reservation website https://newhampshirestateparks.reserveamerica.com/.
Fieldwork and instruction will be directed by Mark Doperalski, an archaeologist with the NH Division of Historical Resources. The field school will conform to standards for archaeology set by the National Park Service. Information is available on the SCRAP website For more information, contact the NH Division of Historical Resources at 603-271-6433.