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Summer Field School in Archaeology

August 5–19

Participants in this intensive, two-week field school will learn and apply the basic procedures and techniques used in archaeological excavation and recording. These include surveying, mapping, field walking, photography, and excavation, as well as post-excavation analysis and curation of artifacts. Participants will get hands-on experience digging at a real archaeological site on TCNJ’s campus.

The first two days will be spent in the classroom learning the background of the William Green Plantation Project, historical archaeology, and ceramics and artifact analysis.  The remainder of the course will be spent learning and applying methods at the excavation site and analyzing the recovered artifacts.

This field school is being offered for college credit through TCNJ’s summer session (Course: ANT363 Archaeological Field Methods). It is designed to provide excavation instruction and practice for archaeology students. The class meets Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Students of all ages, from high school to graduate school.


Dr. George Leader, assistant professor of anthropology and current president of the Archaeological Society of New Jersey, will lead the 2024 Summer Field School in Archaeology.




High School students may register by emailing TCNJ’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Current TCNJ students should enroll through their PAWS account. Visiting college and graduate students can find registration information on the Summer Programs website.


On-campus housing is available for college and graduate students. For details, visit the Summer Programs website.


Please contact TCNJ’s Anthropology department at or Dr. George Leader at for further information.

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