Deadline to apply for summer field school extended
The deadline to apply for Salve Regina’s annual field school in archaeology, which will return to Rhode Island this summer to explore the unique historical and cultural landscapes of South County and Newport, has been extended to Saturday, April 15.
Participants will focus on the site of an 18th century plantation in North Kingstown to learn more about the daily lives of the enslaved people who lived and worked there. “Because archaeology is a hands-on field, we will literally be uncovering the remains of these folks’ daily lives – the tools they used, the plates they ate from, the bottles and cups they drank from,” said Jon Marcoux, assistant professor in the Noreen Stonor Drexel Cultural and Historic Preservation Program.
Participants will also take field trips to historically significant sites associated with slavery in colonial Rhode Island. “My goal is for students to see how archaeology can help us to appreciate the complexity of Rhode Island’s history,” Marcoux said. “I also want them to see that many parts of the colonial landscape survive to this day, and that we need to preserve and explore these remnants to tell the full story of our shared past – including slavery.”
No previous archaeological experience is required. Participants have the option to stay on campus in the Hedges or they may commute. The resident cost is $3,950 for the six-credit program and $2,695 for the three-credit program, while the commuter cost is $2,735 for the six-credit program and $1,480 for the three-credit program.
Scheduled for May 22 to June 16, the program 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.