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The Abbe Museum's Archaeology Field School

Abbe : Research : Archaeology : Field School
2010 Field School


Join Abbe Museum archaeologists at a site in Maine where
you will use archaeology to learn how people lived in the past. Working alongside archaeologists, you'll excavate and recover artifacts at a Native American site to help us discover what
people did there long ago.


Learn more about the 2015 Field School and download application materials >


Evening lectures and hands-on lab workshops will give you background information on Maine archaeology, identifying
artifacts and Native American history. Evening programs include:
an overview of Maine archaeology, identifying and analyzing
Native American pottery, identifying animal food bones and
how stone tools are made.


Watch a video about the Abbe's 2012 field school >


The information gathered during field schools is shared with researchers, Native Americans and the public through publications, lectures and exhibitions.


See some of the exciting finds from the 2012 Field School >


Field School Testimonials:


"I know that each of the students had different reasons for coming to field school; mine basically was to make sure that archaeology was indeed something that I liked and wanted to pursue, not just a passing interest. The question was answered quite easily for me in Maine. …It was truly appreciated and made a difference for me."

– Sarah, University of Rochester


"I learned an incredible amount, especially during the field excavations! I could have continued digging for weeks."

– Zusa, Sullivan, Maine


"Just letting you know I had a wonderful experience with your field school. I feel very confident that archaeology is the career path I would like to pursue."

– Beth, Minnesota State


"It was a dream opportunity come true."

– Amanda, Clayton Lake, Maine


Dial: (207) 288-3519


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