On-Site Archaeology Lab School

  • Mon, Jun 20, 2022 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Strawbery Banke Museum

    14 Hancock Street
    Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801
Ticket Price $450.00-$500.00 This event is now over

On-Site Lab School
Monday, June 20 - Friday, July 1, 2022; M-F from 9 AM to 4 PM

Cost per person: 
Members $450; Nonmembers $500

Registration information:
The On-Site lab School is limited to 6 participants, ages 16+. Applicants must fill out the "Strawbery Banke Museum Archaeological Lab School 2022 Application Form" in addition to registering. 

Course Description:  

This course is intended to offer students hands-on training in archaeological lab methodology. Students work in the Carter Collections Center laboratory to gain experience in processing, identifying, and cataloging artifacts recovered from recent excavations. This year, research focuses on analyzing archaeological resources recovered from the c. 1695 Sherburne House in advance of the house’s reinterpretation as part of Portsmouth’s Quadricentennial Celebration in 2023. Field trips, museum tours, and required readings on Historical and Public Archaeology introduce students to various areas of specialization, including artifact identification and conservation, research, and interpretation. Students are expected to prepare a blog post or interpretive panel to describe artifacts to museum visitors. According to one past student, the lab school "allowed us to really use our minds to have to research and interpret our artifacts.” 


General Info:

Available Credits: 
Students may arrange to receive academic credit through their university. Students who have received credit in the past have arranged an independent study with their program. The field school director is available to discuss requirements with students’ advisors.

About the Field School Director: 
Dr. Alexandra Martin is a Registered Professional Archaeologist with nearly 20 years of experience on archaeological sites and with archaeological collections. Alix has worked with field school students at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Archaeological Field Schools and has directed annual field schools at Strawbery Banke Museum since 2014. Alix is also an anthropology professor at the University of New Hampshire where she teaches introductory archaeology courses and is the coordinator for the Native American and Indigenous Studies minor.

About Strawbery Banke Archaeology: 
Strawbery Banke Museum is an outdoor living history museum located in historic Portsmouth, NH. Strawbery Banke archaeologists have conducted some of the largest urban archaeology projects in New Hampshire. Previous excavations at Strawbery Banke have revealed information on domestic life, immigration, building traditions, pottery manufacture, and other industries, and have demonstrated that Portsmouth is one of the richest sites for historical archaeology in northern New England.

For questions, please contact and if you have any questions, please contact Alexandra Martin, Strawbery Banke Archaeologist and Field School Director, at amartin@]sbmuseum.org.

Date & Time

Mon, Jun 20, 2022 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Venue Details

Strawbery Banke Museum

14 Hancock Street
Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801 Strawbery Banke Museum
Strawbery Banke Museum
Strawbery Banke Museum, in the heart of historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is an authentic 10-acre outdoor history museum dedicated to bringing 300+ years of American history in the same waterfront neighborhood to life. The Museum is a place for children, adults, multigenerational families, and groups to gather to explore eight heritage gardens, 32 historic buildings, and traditional crafts, preservation programs, hands-on activities, the stories told by costumed role-players and the changing exhibits that offer hours of fun and discovery. The Museum's restored buildings and open space invite visitors to immerse themselves in the past, using objects from the museum's collection of 30,000 artifacts, and the histories of the families who lived and worked in the Puddle Dock neighborhood to engage, educate, and entertain.