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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 includes sites of historic significance that date from the late-1700s to the early-1900s (http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/delaware/sto.htm), as well as prehistoric sites that date to the Late Archaic (4000-5000 years ago). Stoddartsville is best known as the site of an early-19th century milling village built by John Stoddart near the headwaters of the Lehigh River. 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 field school will be offered in two 2-week periods run back-to-back during Summer Session I. Summer enrollment is now open. Students can participate in either or both two-week periods by enrolling in ANT 320 (Archaeological Field Methods) and/or ANT 321 (Advanced Archaeological Field Methods), as follows:

  • ANT 320: Tuesday May 26 - Friday June 5
  • ANT 321: Monday June 8 - Friday June 19


Students who wish to enroll only in ANT 321 must receive permission from the instructor. There are no course prerequisites for the field school, although courses in archaeology or allied social and natural sciences would be useful.

During the weeks we are in the field, we will stay in cabins at Camp Acahela. 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.

Interested students are encouraged to complete a field school application by April 22, 2015. Please contact Dr. Khori Newlander (newlander@kutztown.edu, Old Main Room 459) in the Department of Anthropology & Sociology for more information.

[Download Field School Application Form]



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 (http://wnep.com/2014/10/26/raising-a-barn-the-old-fashioned-way/).