Archaeology on the Eastern Pequot Reservation

Students at excavation site

Courses and Credit - Schedule & Fee - To Apply - More Information

A five-week, intensive six credit program exploring the effects of colonialism and reservation life on the Eastern Pequot tribe during the 17th through 19th centuries.

The Department of Anthropology is offering its annual five-week archaeological field course on the Eastern Pequot reservation, located in southeastern Connecticut. In collaboration with the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation for its eleventh season, the field school will conduct testing and excavation at 17th through 19th century sites as part of the ongoing effort to understand Pequot responses to European colonialism and reservation life.

Students will receive training in techniques such as map-making, subsurface surveying, excavation, artifact processing, and material culture identification. Ethics, heritage, and politics in contemporary archaeology, as well as the practices of community-engaged scholarship, will also be explored.

This course offers a unique opportunity for students to participate in a collaborative and engaged archaeology alongside Native American community members - including tribal leaders, elders, and youth - in a joint effort to recover aspects of Pequot history in southern New England.

Courses and Credit

Successful participants will be awarded six undergraduate or graduate credits for:

ANTH 485/685, Field Research in Archaeology
A supervised sequence of field research in archaeology. This research involves continuous study in a field situation directed by a professional anthropologist. The course may include attendance at field schools directed by qualified faculty outside the University, with permission of the department. No more than six credits from field research courses (483, 484, 485, 486) can be applied toward the major.

Schedule & Fee

Program Runs:
July 1 - August 3, 2018

Undergraduate: $2,985
Graduate: $3,875

To Apply

Applications may be obtained via the Program Director’s website: or by contacting the instructor directly. Application deadline is April 6, 2018, but applications will begin being reviewed in February.

Early application is highly recommended as limited spaces are competitive and tend to fill quickly.

More Information

For more information, please contact:

Stephen Silliman, PhD
Department of Anthropology
University of Massachusetts Boston
p: 617.287.6854
f: 617.287.6857