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Summer Field School

Built in 1816, remains of John Stoddart's gristmill still stand alongside the "Great Falls of the Lehigh River."

The Kutztown University Archaeology Field School will be held this summer at Stoddartsville in northeast Pennsylvania. Stoddartsville is best known as the site of an early-19th century milling village built by John Stoddart on the Lehigh River. The field school will be offered as two 2-week sessions run back-to-back: Archaeological Field Methods (ANT 320) and Advanced Archaeological Field Methods (ANT 321). Students can enroll in either or both sessions. There are no course prerequisites for the field school, although courses in archaeology or allied social and natural sciences would be useful.

Stoddartsville includes sites of historic significance that date from the late-1700s to the early-1900s ( Additionally, survey at Stoddartsville in the 1980s identified artifacts that date to the Late Archaic (4000-5000 years ago). Our efforts this summer will include mapping, pedestrian survey, geophysical survey (with Dr. Laura Sherrod), and test excavations focused on the historic period. Future field seasons will examine the prehistoric record at Stoddartsville.

The dates for Summer 2015 are:

  • ANT 320:  Tues May 26-Friday June 5
  • ANT 321:  Mon June 8-Friday June 19​ 

If you are interested in participating in the field school and would like more information, please contact the Anthropology Program (

Johnryan Mascione '15, Kelsey Backenstoes '15, Matt Kayhart '16, Dr. Cindy Stunkard, and Dr. Khori Newlander help the Kerrick family and friends raise the Carriage Barn, originally built by Lewis Stull in the mid-1800s (