Archaeological Field School set for July

2nd Annual Archaeology Field School with Peter Morrison, Crane & Morrison Archaeology

July 23rd-27th, 9am-4pm

Historic Pettengill Farm, Freeport, Maine

Archaeology Field School for adults ages 18+ led by archaeologist Peter Morrison. Join us for one day ($100) or the entire week ($335). Registration and payment required by July 13th.

Participants will learn how archaeological excavations are carried out, including how to dig and screen for artifacts, how to map archaeological features, and how to take good notes.  Participants will also begin to learn how to identify historical artifacts and be introduced to such related skills as “reading” historical landscapes and surveying.

The dig will take place on a site that was once owned by early Freeport resident, Abraham Grant, and is now part of Pettengill Farm.  Previous investigations were carried out in the 1990s by students from Freeport High School, led by archaeologist and educator Norman Buttrick.  The students found evidence that a succession of two dwellings may have stood on the site.  The first of these was built in the mid-1700s and occupied by Grant, his wife Sussannah, and their children until at least the 1780s.  The second was built by about 1800.  This season’s excavation will focus on the earlier portion of the site.  Among the goals of the excavation will be finding evidence for just what kind of house the Grants first built.  

Freeport Historical Society

45 Main Street, Freeport, ME 04032

(207) 865-3170 or