Summer Field School: Registration Deadline Extended to May 1!

Calling prospective and current students, alumni, and other historic preservation professionals!

The registration deadline for this summer’s Building Building Archaeology Field School has been extended to May 1. This is the first time in nearly a decade that HSV faculty Myron Stachiw has hosted this renowned field school, the only one of its kind in New England. 

Sign up by May 1 to reserve your spot!

This immersive, 3-week field school equips participants with the skills and tools to evaluate, date, document, and interpret historic buildings and the changes made to them over time.  Through an intensive series of lectures, workshops, field trips, and hands-on field work, participants will learn:

  • Theory and methods of building archaeology
  • Changing building technology from the 17th to the 19th centuries, and how to identify and date the various marks left by the changing tools and methods of construction
  • The use of nails as dating tools
  • Paint analysis as a tool for determining chronology as well as color history
  • Methods of field documentation of buildings and sites including photo-documentation, written descriptions, and methods and practice of preparing measured drawings in the field and studio.

All participants will take part in an actual building archaeology and documentation project at the 1752 Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum in Hadley, Massachusetts, and will work in small teams to prepare drawings and a final documentation report.

Tapping regional expertise, the field school features workshops with leading practitioners, including Claire Dempsey, Bill Flynt, Thomas Paske, and John Vaughan. Topics include photo-documentation, paint analysis, dendrochronology, and changing building technology from the 17th century to the late 19th century. Workshops are also available a la carte and may qualify for CEUs through WMAIA and other organizations.

For more information: here.

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