Field School 2011

Description

In the summer of 2011, the field school investigated a number of locations around the Sacred Space in campus. They began by doing a survey of the Sacred Space to determine where they units should be. A number of units were placed around the perimeter of Sleepy Hollow, and along the pathway leading into it. The goal was to discover the trash pit for College Hall and the prehistoric site. Two prehistoric flint bifaces were discovered, as well as a prehistoric features. Students also uncovered a historic walking path and a number of historic artifacts like brick, animal bone with cutmarks, glass, wall bracket, nails, and a large historic cinder walk way.

Collector(s)

  • Campus Archaeology Program

Items in the Field School 2011 Collection

This piece of iron is a decorative wall bracket potentially from College Hall found during 2011 field school excavations. Using a Sears-Roebuck catalog from 1900, the students were able to determine that the bracket was used for holding up a curtain…

This clay pipe stem was found during the 2011 field school excavation. Students in the college during the late 19th century were not allowed to smoke, but a number of pipes or pipe pieces have been found throughout the area, related to both Saints’…

Two units excavated in 2011 field school revealed a cinder walkway. The pathway was 90 centimeters wide. It would have served as a walk way during the 19th century campus, with the cinder acting as asphalt would today. Features like this are not…

The 2011 field school focused on excavations west of Beaumont tower, with hopes of locating prehistoric and historic materials. They found a number of historic trash pits and the first prehistoric feature on campus.

Troweling is an important skill for archaeologists to learn. Trowels allow for careful removal of the soil without damaging artifacts or features. By using the sharpened edge of the trowel at a slight angle, archaeologists can remove small layers of…