Each year, the Archeological Society of Virginia sponsors, participates in or has information about several field events, including excavations, site survey, site testing, certification programs and other means of hands-on archaeology.. These opportunities are usually conducted by another organization, such as the United States Forest Service or a College or University, such as Longwood College. They are a great opportunity to learn more about excavation, artifact identification and processing, as well as the historic or prehistoric time period during which the archeological site was occupied.
In addition, several chapters have on-going training digs, surveys, artifact processing and analytical projects that need participants. Contact the Chapters nearest your area for details.
2012 FIELD SCHOOL AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Lab "Field School" at DHR
The ASV/COVA/VDHR Certification Program is offering a lab €˜field school at VDHRâ€'s archaeological collections room on August 6-10, 2012. For these five days, students will receive required core and area Certification lectures on a variety of topics and get hands-on experience with Native American prehistoric and historic artifacts, as well as and Euro-American historic artifacts. Actual lab work counts toward lab requirements for the Certification program (30 hours on prehistoric assemblages and 30 hours on historic assemblages). Course work counts toward course requirements but not lab time.
ALL interested ASV members are invited to participate in this work. Members currently enrolled in the certification program are particularly encouraged to attend.
DHR Lab Field School Contacts
Dee Deroche(804 482-6441)
Department of Historic Resources
2801 Kensington Ave., Richmond 23221.
Carole Nash (540 568-6805)
Geographic Science Program
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Bruce Baker (804-339-1864)
10290 Reed Rock Road
Amelia, VA 23002
DHR ROANOKE REGIONAL OFFICE
Volunteers are accepted for a variety of projects. Will work with certification participants. Contact Tom Klatka at 540/857-6047
VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Certification students and volunteers needed to work in the archaeology department cataloguing, rehousing, labeling and photographing artifact collections and working in the department library. Volunteers interested in zoo-archaeology can assist with ongoing research projects and learn the basics of faunal identification and analysis. Contact Elizabeth Moore at 276/666-8634 or the VMNH and follow links to the archaeology lab blog.