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The SUNY at Oneonta summer 2007 archaeological field school will be held at Pine Lake, located near Davenport, NY. The objectives of the field school are to promote a greater understanding of Native American cultural traditions in the Northeast and to allow students to apply archaeological excavation methods to archaeological sites. The goals are to teach basic methods in field archaeology, including survey and excavation techniques, mapping, flotation and laboratory analysis. Site excavation is supplemented by lectures and presentations on local prehistory, geology and ecology.   Prerequiste: ANTH 140 (Introduction to Archaeology) or permission of instructor.

Oneonta State students will participate with Hartwick College students in a separate, but concurrent course. Students will be housed at the Pine Lake Environmental Center, an environmental conservation area owned by Hartwick College.

Research goals of this summerís excavations will include more intensive exploration of the presumed Late Archaic smoking platform, better documentation of post molds and other features in association with the platform, and more extensive analysis of the occupation components represented at the site. In this sense, students work will contribute to our understanding of this important, multi-component site.

Excavations conducted during the 1989 and 1991 field schools, under the direction of David Anthony (Professor of Anthropology, Hartwick College) and Dorcas Brown, identified four occupations. The earliest occupation level dates to 8000 B.P., which corresponds to the Early Archaic period in New York State. This occupation was probably a small camp for hunting parties. A second occupation, dating to the Late Archaic period (ca. 4500-4000 B.P.) contained pit features and a possible smoking platform. In another area, numerous small camps were radiocarbon dated between 2800 and 1200 B.P., corresponding to the Woodland period. The remains of these camps consisted of a series of hearths, storage pits and postholes.

Additional information contact:

Dr. Walker at 312 Fitzelle Hall
Department of Anthropology
SUNY Oneonta
Oneonta, NY 13820