May 21- June 22, 2018
Cost: $85 plus tuition
2018 will be our sixteenth excavation season studying the remains of the plantation site where George Washington spent his childhood. This five-week class is open to all graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in history, archaeology, anthropology, American studies, museum studies, education and public history—no previous experience required—just a good pair of boots and the will to learn.
This class will cover:
1. Archaeological excavation, mapping, field recording, and surveying techniques
2. The objects that made up daily life in the eighteenth century
3. The history of the early Tidewater and Piedmont areas of Virginia as well as the dynamics of historical museum presentation
4. The major issues and critiques in Public History
Over the five weeks in Fredericksburg, Virginia we will take several field trips to local Civil War and colonial-era sites as well as special insider tours at other archeological and historical sites.
HIST 3990 Fieldwork in History