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

Kutztown University recently began a new archaeology field school at Stoddartsville in northeast Pennsylvania. Best known as the site of an early-19th century milling village, Stoddartsville also includes sites of historic significance that date from the Late Archaic (4000-5000 years ago) to the early-1900s. Fieldwork conducted by the archaeology field school during the summer of 2015 included mapping an historic cemetery, pedestrian survey, geophysical survey (with Dr. Laura Sherrod), and excavations in the General Store and workers' cottages.

We hope to continue our study of the rich historic and prehistoric record at Stoddartsville over the next several summers. The field school will be offered in two 2-week periods run back-to-back. Students can participate by enrolling in ANT 320 (Archaeological Field Methods) and/or ANT 321 (Advanced Archaeological Field Methods) once summer enrollment opens. Students who wish to enroll only in ANT 321 will require permission from the instructor. There are no course prerequisites for the field school, although courses in archaeology and allied social and natural sciences will be useful.

While we are in the field, we will stay in lodging near the site. There may be a small fee (in addition to tuition) required to cover room and board at the field site, though we are working very hard to cover these additional costs for you.

If you are interested in participating in the next archaeology field school, be sure to check back for dates and other pertinent information. You may also contact Dr. Khori Newlander (, Old Main Room 459) in the Department of Anthropology & Sociology for more information.

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 (

Field School

Daria Trumbo, Matt Kayhart, and Kaitlyn Keenhold (from left to right) uncover a wall of the General Store, originally built in the early-19th century.