Archaeological Field School at the Historic Gore Estate

This field school is a collaboration between the Department of Anthropology and the Andrew Fiske Memorial Center for Archaeological Research at UMass Boston.

The Program

Archaeology Students The field excavation project will take place at Gore Place, the National Historic Landmark estate of Massachusetts Governor Christopher Gore. We will be working on the grounds surrounding Gore’s standing 1806 brick mansion. Previous excavation at the site by UMass Boston uncovered part of a well-preserved early 19th-century greenhouse built by Gore. This summer’s work will focus on larger scale excavation of the greenhouse to interpret its design, layout, use, and heating and watering systems. Through daily archaeological fieldwork and laboratory analysis students will learn the process of excavation, field recording, mapping, sample collection, and basic artifact analysis in historical archaeology. The course includes a special emphasis on shallow geophysics for mapping subsurface deposits, and students will learn how remote sensing techniques are applied to site analysis, excavation, and interpretation.

Students will learn how archaeology can be applied to historic preservation questions, as well as how to represent this work to the public.

This project will be co-directed by Drs. David Landon and Christa Beranek, and run in collaboration with the Gore Place Society, the stewards of the property.


Successful participants will be awarded 6 credits in ANTH 485/685, Field Research in Archaeology.

About the Fiske Center

The Andrew Fiske Memorial Center for Archaeological Research supports interdisciplinary, archaeological research that examines the historical roots of many of the world’s contemporary cultural and environmental issues.