During the 19th century, Albany was home to several figures who supported the Underground Railroad. This summer, beginning June 26 a team of UAlbany researchers and students will examine the physical evidence left behind at their homes, with the goal of improving our understanding of their efforts and preserving the historical record.
The archaeological field school will teach students to lay out units, excavate, screen, map, record, and photograph archaeological features at the sites. Students who complete the school will have gained valuable skills they could use to apply for federal and state jobs on construction sites, in labs or at museums.
The sites for this year’s school include the Ten Broeck mansion and the homes of Stephen and Harriett Myers and Thomas Elkins, all key figures in Albany’s underground railroad.
At the field school, students will examine the physical evidence left behind at their homes to supplement the historical record. Students who take part will also learn to wash, label, identify, and inventory artifacts in the lab, which are useful and expected skills for entry-level work in the archaeology profession.
Masson will team with two local archaeology experts, Matthew Kirk of Hartgen & Associates, who is completing his Ph.D. in anthropology at UAlbany, and Michael Lucas, curator of historical archaeology at the New York State Museum.
The field school is open to all undergraduate students, as well as high school students entering 12th grade. The six-credit program will run from June 26 through August 4.
Interested students should contact Dr. Masson at firstname.lastname@example.org.