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Bard Archaeology Field School

The Archaeology Field School at Bard College is a hands-on summer learning program that allows students to engage in real archaeological field research for college credit.

When and Where

Dates: July 30 – August 24, 2012 (4 weeks)
Class Times: 9am to 3pm MWF; 9am to 12pm TTh ; 10am to 2pm Sat. August 11 (rain date August 12)
Location: Germantown and Rhinebeck, NY

Quick Facts

About the Field School

Prof Christopher Lindner, Field School Director, and his colleagues are researching the Palatine German settlers of 1710 & their descendents, many of whom still live in the area around Bard. Excavation will continue at the 18th-century Parsonage in Germantown. After serving as a home for a succession of German Reformed ministers, this stone house was owned by a Dutch American physician. Then a family of African Americans lived there for several generations. Reconnaissance testing for the earliest houses in Germantown will take place nearby. Additional digging will explore a site in Rhinebeck related to the Palatines. Field school students will learn basic techniques of excavation and mapping. They will read and discuss a variety of background materials and historical maps, using artist’s reconstructions to formulate interpretations of the discoveries. There will also be laboratory analysis of artifact finds. Transportation will be provided to the digs, 8 mi north and 10 mi south of Bard.

Professor Christopher Lindner, Ph.D., directs the field school. He is Archaeologist in Residence at Bard College and past President of the New York Archaeological Council, the state’s professional organization.

The History Department of the Town of Germantown is preserving the Parsonage site for archaeological and historical research. The Germantown Library is collaborating to provide exhibition space.

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Contact Information

Professor Christopher Lindner
Bard College
PO Box 5000
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000
Phone: 845-758-6475 E-mail: