Topic ID #34593 - posted 1/23/2015 12:15 PM

William Peace University Archaeological Field School, Fort Caswell, North Carolina


The 2015 William Peace University Archaeological Field School, Fort Caswell, North Carolina

The 2015 William Peace University Archaeological Field School will be held at Fort Caswell, a National Register Historic Site located on the lower Cape Fear River, from Monday, May 18th through Friday, June 12th.  Students participating in the field school earn 4 credits in ANT 450 Archaeological Fieldwork.  The field school will provide students training in basic methods of archaeological survey and excavation as they explore the history and culture of the U.S. through this unique site.  Construction on Fort Caswell began in 1826, and it was an active fort through the Civil War, Spanish American War, and WWI, as well as a resort and conference center in the 20th century.  The field school also includes training in an archaeological field lab, and students will hear guest lectures on Cape Fear history and North Carolina archaeology by visiting archaeologists and historians.  The students are housed in the quiet beach town of Oak Island, and will have the opportunity to visit nearby North Carolina historic and cultural sites such as Southport and Fort Fisher. 

The summer archaeological field school will be co-directed by Vincent Melomo, Ph.D., of William Peace University and Thomas Beaman, RPA, of Wake Technical Community College.  The excavation is made possible with the assistance of the Coe Foundation for Archaeological Research.

The cost of the program is $1500 (est.) for tuition, lodging, transportation, lunches, and course materials.  The program cost is $1000 (est.) for students who are local to the site and who do not need lodging.   Students will be housed on Oak Island, twenty minutes from the field site, and walking distance to shopping, restaurants and the beach.  Students will be expected to share living space with a group of other students.  Transportation will be provided from William Peace University in Raleigh, North Carolina to Oak Island on May 18, to and from the site daily, and back to Raleigh, NC on Friday, June 12 if needed.  The work week will run from Monday through Friday, 8-5.  Lunch will be provided on site on work days, and students are responsible for their own breakfast and dinners, and for lunch on non-work days.  Students from all majors are encouraged to apply, and you should have taken at least one introductory course in archaeology by the start of the field school. 

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Vinnie Melomo at 919-508-2277, or

Thank you for your interest in our program.


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