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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Canada - Nova Scotia - Fortress of Louisbourg Archaeology Program 2011

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2011-08-15
End Date 2011-08-26

Multiple Sessions no
Multiple Session information N/A
Archaeology Field School Location
Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, Canada

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution
Academic Credit
none (but could be arranged through academic departments where applicable)
Archaeology Field School Tuition
The program cost is C$650 per 5-day session (tax included)
Archaeology Field School Room and Board
Accommodations are located throughout the nearby Town of Louisbourg. We recommend early booking to secure rooms throughout the month of August. Please refer to the project webpage for accommodation options.
Archaeology Field School Travel
participants' responsibility

Archaeology Field School Description

The Louisbourg Public Archaeology Program provides a unique opportunity for archaeology enthusiasts to join supervised digs at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada. The 2011 season will focus on field study at the De la Valliere property which was occupied by French, British and New Englanders between 1720 and 1758. The 2011 program is composed of two five-day field sessions in mid August. During each session, a crew of 10-12 participants will excavate a portion of the De la Valliere property, learn about archaeological field techniques, and attend presentations addressing current historical research at the Fortress. Although the crew will spend much of their time with trowels in hand, there will be ample opportunity for experiencing the sights and sounds of Fortress Louisbourg and exploring the rugged Cape Breton coastline. Originally, Louisbourg was a large French settlement founded in 1713, fortified in the 1730s, besieged twice by New Englanders and the British, and finally demolished and abandoned by the British in the 1760s. Relatively untouched since the fall of the Fortress, the remnants of the colonial settlement have survived the centuries in a remarkable state of preservation. Extensive archaeological excavations and historical research in the mid-twentieth century guided partial reconstruction of the fortified town and defensive walls. Approximately 25% of the Fortress has been brought to life and stands as the largest reconstruction project in North America. Over four decades of archaeological and archival research has produced a staggering amount of information about 18th century colonial life at Louisbourg, but there's much more to discover! The Louisbourg Public Archaeology Program is a great opportunity to unearth the past.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Time Period
18th Century
Field School Setting/Conditions
Louisbourg is located on the eastern shore of Cape Breton in Nova Scotia, Canada. The site is approximately 1 km from the Atlantic ocean. Students can expect to excavate in humid conditions with temperatures between 15 and 30 degrees celcius (59 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit). Participants will excavate primarily in sunny conditions with some wind. Washrooms are within walking distance and lunch is provided.
How is the project area accessed each day
Easy access to site. Participants will be bussed in from the Visitor Centre and will walk 10 minutes to the site .
What is the daily schedule for the field school
Monday through Friday 8:30 - 5:00
Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation
Is there a professional certification for this field school
Directors and Instructors
Dr. Bruce Fry and Dr. Michael St. Denis

On rain days will there be lab work?
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Will there be additional organized activities?
Is travel restriced during free time?

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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Field School Contact Information

Fortress of Louisbourg Association 265 Park Service Road Louisbourg, Nova Scotia B1C 2L2 Canada Phone: 902-733-3548 Fax: 902-733-3046

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