Topic ID #37913 - posted 1/14/2017 5:15 PM

2017 Allegheny Valley Project/ SUNY JCC Summer Field School


SUNY JCC and the Allegheny Valley Project are once again teaming up to offer a low-cost, comprehensive 6- credit archaeological field school for the summer of 2017. We will be continuing our investigations of the ancestral Haudenosaunee village site that has been providing insightful data for the last four seasons.

Radiocarbon dated to around AD 1250, the Bockmier One site was inhabited by some of the first maize farmers in the Allegheny Valley. Our investigations thus far have revealed post molds and hearths from a longhouse, and a variety of pit features, some of which were repositories for broken ceramics and other artifacts. We will continue the investigation of a gradiometer-identified ditch and other anomalies that may be associated with the village, as well as some newly encountered stone-filled pits that may be from an earlier component.

The field school runs Monday through Saturday 8AM to 5PM with an hour lunch, from July 10 to August 17, 2017. The course will provide instruction and experience in archaeological field and laboratory methods, within a multidisciplinary scientific framework. Some of the methodological topics to be covered in the field training include geophysical survey methods (focusing on gradiometer survey), site layout, excavation techniques, soil sampling, plan and profile mapping, artifact processing, identification and analysis. We will also cover research design, archaeological theory and ethics in practice, floral and faunal study, classification, proxy research, dating techniques and heritage preservation. Field trips to local cultural and archaeological landmarks will round out the season.

Field school participants will also experience public archaeology firsthand, as part of the Allegheny Valley Project community archaeology program. We work side-by-side with local volunteers, as well as those who travel from around the country. The project also has a two-week work camp for volunteers from across the world.

Bockmier One is located on a certified organic farm along the Allegheny River in the scenic Allegheny Plateau region of southwestern New York. There is a short (1/5 mile) hike from parking to the site. Wildlife is abundant, and rugged hills are carpeted in lush green forest. Summers in this region are generally mild, but can be humid or rainy. The average high temperature for July is 79º F (26º C).

Due to a JCC Experiential Learning initiative, tuition is deeply discounted this year: for New York residents with a valid certificate of residence is $579 for the six-credit course plus JCC fees of $73.50 ($652.50 total). Tuition for in-state residents without a certificate of residence, and for those who reside out-of-state is $1158 plus the fees ($1231.50 total). SUNY JCC reserves the right to amend tuition rates at any time. The tuition and fees listed are current at the time of posting.

Students are responsible for travel to and from Allegany, NY, and room and board are not included in tuition. Volunteers from the Allegheny Valley Project offer discounted housing for field school students ($250 for the duration of the field school) in the village of Allegany. Bus lines are available from airports in New York City and Buffalo. Assistance with arrangements for travel and accommodations is available upon request. The field school is limited to 15 students, and the mail-in registration deadline is July 5.
Registration forms:
NYS residents be sure to complete the certificate of residence form and have it endorsed.

Information for registration form:

CMP   CRN          SBJ       CR HRS    FEES    COURSE TITLE
JM     3033     ANTH 2010      6             N/A     Archaeological Field School – Discount Tuition (write in appropriate tuition – $579 or $1158 – on tuition line)
For more information contact Steve Howard at or Shannon Bessette at
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Post ID#20882 - replied 5/5/2017 6:15 PM


Volunteers have once again secured discounted housing for students. Students wishing to take advantage of the Village Houses will pay just $250 for the duration of the field school. 


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