Archaeological field school returning to Rhode Island this summer
Salve Regina’s annual summer field school in archaeology will return to Rhode Island in June to explore the unique historical and cultural landscapes of South County and Newport.
Participants will focus on the site of an 18th century plantation in North Kingstown that was part of a network of plantations owned by a unique class of New England colonial gentry known as the “Narragansett Planters,” who derived their wealth largely from the agricultural pursuits of enslaved African and African American laborers.
The goal is to use archaeology to contribute to the growing narrative of colonial slavery in New England – a narrative that is moving beyond a single description of slavery as an institution to incorporate diverse stories about the intersection of lives.
Participants will spend their weekdays receiving training in archaeological excavation techniques at the plantation site. Weekends will focus on modern cultural experiences in the region, allowing students to see, hear and taste the uniqueness of Rhode Island through excursions to important historical and cultural sites, attractions and restaurants.
Two-week and four-week options are available. Students selecting the three-credit option may choose either two-week session, June 3-13 or June 17-28. Students selecting the six-credit option will participate in the full four-week session, June 3-28.
The course fulfills an elective requirement for American studies, cultural and historic preservation and sociology and anthropology majors, and a Core Curriculum requirement for all other majors.