Topic ID #22663 - posted 8/27/2012 2:34 AM

PIT volunteer project: Federal Road Overlook Lab, De Soto NF, MS

Jennifer Palmer

De Soto NF
Federal Road Overlook Lab

October 29-November 2, 2012

Must commit to entire session

Prior to the dates of this laboratory project, volunteers and kids from local schools will excavate the "Federal Road Overlook" site associated with the Old Federal Road. Previous studies have indicated the site was occupied between 1,300 and 2,700 years before present. During the excavation, we anticipate recovery of a variety of cultural materials including flakes, stone tools, and pottery sherds. Artifacts will be cleaned, processed, and analyzed to collect the data that will enhance our understanding of these early residents and paint a clearer portrait of the cultural landscape of Mississippi's prehistoric past.

Participants will examine prehistoric artifacts in great detail, using a laboratory manual created by the archaeologist for the southern Mississippi region, and will be exposed to various analytical methods and laboratory techniques. The project should prove not only interesting and instructive, but should be fun, so we hope you will join us on the De Soto NF this fall!

Number of openings: 5

Special skills: Must be physically capable of sitting for extended periods each day and studying minute details on artifacts; previous archaeological lab and/or prehistoric artifact/lithic identification experience helpful, but not required; an ability to laugh, have fun, and listen to the archaeologist's boring stories and bad jokes is a must!

Minimum age: 18 years old

Facilities: Developed tent and RV camping available at Paul B. Johnson State Park; RV hook-ups, water, bath house; fees will apply; Wiggins and Hattiesburg are full-service communities with hotels/motels, restaurants, and a full range of other amenities; volunteers responsible for own lodging/personal camping equipment, food, water during work hours, and transportation

Nearest towns: Project based in Brooklyn; Wiggins, 11 miles; Hattiesburg, 30 miles

Applications due: September 3, 2012

More info here.


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