March 7, 2012

Salem to Offer Archaeology Field School

This summer, Salem College will offer an archaeology field school program, in partnership with Old Salem Museum & Gardens. The archaeological field school is offered May 29-June 22 as a special topics course through Salem College’s Historic Preservation Certificate program.

Dr. Michael O. Hartley will teach archaeological field methods at the St. Philips Heritage Center in Old Salem. Old Salem, Inc. reconstructed the 1823 African Moravian Log Church in 1999 and restored the brick St. Philips sanctuary—North Carolina’s oldest known African American religious building—in 2003. The complex also includes two graveyards containing burials of Salem’s African American residents and non-Moravians who passed away while visiting the community.  Old Salem Museums & Gardens staff will provide lectures and tours regarding archival research methods, artifact collections and Salem’s built environment.

The class will be held Mondays-Fridays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Prospective students must complete the archaeological field school registration form and the summer school registration form found on the registrar’s office web page. The summer school registration form must be submitted with tuition payment. The archaeological field school registration form should be submitted electronically to Heather Fearnbach at Applications must be received by May 18.  Students interested in registering between May 18 and May 29 should contact Heather Fearnbach before completing their paperwork.