Other Study Opportunities
Archaeology Field School
For a month in the summer, students in the Archaeology Field School earn four credits for excavation in pursuit of past cultural ecosystems in the Hudson Valley and the eastern woodlands. The field school emphasizes basic excavating techniques (digging with a trowel, recording field notes, drawing, and photography) and the initial steps in laboratory analysis. Previous projects have included the prehistoric Grouse Bluff campsite on the shore of the Hudson River and the foundation of the A. J. Davis–designed Gardener’s Lodge at Blithewood on the Bard campus. Recent archival research has located the community of Guinea, which comprised a large population of fugitive and freed slaves from the late 18th through the mid-19th century, in a rural area of what is now Hyde Park, 20 miles south of Bard. The Dutchess County Historical Society, the Town of Hyde Park, and Bard College are collaborating to research and preserve this endangered site and, through archaeological and historical research, to develop educational programs for students and the general public.