Archaeology Field School

Bard Archaeology Field School  is a hands-on summer learning program that enables students to do field research for college credit. Professor Christopher Lindner, Field School director, works with community colleagues to research descendants of the 1710 Palatine German migration & their later neighbors, some of whom were African American. Excavation continues at the 1746 Parsonage, or minister's residence, in Germantown that housed non-church families in the 19th Century. Link in photo above accesses online exhibits.

After serving as a home for a succession of German Reformed ministers, the stone house was purchased in 1805 by a woman from a locally prominent family, who owned slaves. Her daughter's widower transferred it to a cousin, a Dutch American physician. He is listed there in the 1830 census, next to an African American farmer, Henry Persons (ca. 1803-1868). Mr. Persons bought the house in 1852 and his daughter's heirs sold it in 1911 to descendants of the Town's founders. They leased it to tenants. In 1944 Friedl and Edward Ekert, German-American historic preservationists, bought the house and restored it, willing the property to the Town in 1990. Bard has excavated there since 2009.

What Students Do

Field School students learn basic techniques of excavation and mapping. For a 360-degree view [to the tune of E. Satie's Gnossienne #5] try link above. We read and discuss a variety of background materials and historical maps. We do laboratory analysis of artifact finds, to formulate interpretations of our discoveries.

Program at a Glance

  • The Archaeology Field School is open to college undergraduates, high school students rising into grades 9–12, and community members.
  • Up to 12 participants will earn 4 college credits for 4 weeks of research.
  • Tuition is $1,700 for 4 credits at the 200 level
  • Financial aid is available based on need.
  • Lodging at Bard is available for $15 per night.
  • Transportation will be available to and from the site 8 miles north of Bard, for students residing at Bard or nearby.

2021 Program

Dates: likely August 2-27 (4 weeks) [calendar not yet set]
Class Times: 9am to 3pm MWF; 9am to 12pm TTh
Location: The Parsonage, 52 Maple Avenue, Germantown NY or
Montgomery Place on Bard's campus in Annandale-on-Hudson NY