Friday, April 7, 2006

Search for Lost Tockwogh during Washington College's Summer Field School in Archaeology, May 22-June 30

Chestertown, MD, April 7, 2006 — Washington College's Department of Sociology and Anthropology will again hold a six-week summer archaeological field school from May 22 to June 30, 2006. The eight-credit program—open to both college students and adults—will focus on survey techniques, including survey design, mapping, surface collection techniques, remote sensing, and data management.

In addition, students will search for the site of Tockwogh, a palisaded Indian village visited by Capt. John Smith on his 1608 exploration of the Chesapeake Bay, while participating in all phases of an ongoing survey effort in Kent County, Maryland, to ground-truth and refine a GIS-based predictive model for site locations on the Eastern Shore.

"The field school will give students in-depth, hands-on experience in archaeology," said program director John Seidel, associate professor of anthropology and environmental studies at Washington College and an expert on Maryland archaeology, underwater archaeology, and historic preservation. "The lessons will be practical and applied, not only through our search for Tockwogh, but through other excavations at 17th century sites in Anne Arundel County, through the Lost Towns Project."

The course will be taught by Darrin Lowery, lecturer in anthropology and staff archaeologist, Professor Seidel, and other staff of the Washington College Public Archaeology Laboratory. The course meets five full days a week, Monday through Friday. No previous course work or experience in field archaeology is necessary.

Interested students are encouraged to apply early. Limited housing on the Washington College campus may be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Students must enroll in ANT 296 Sections 10 and 11 Archaeological Field Study. Each section carries four credits. Tuition for the eight-credit program is $2,500, excluding housing costs. For more information and registration forms, contact Professor Seidel at 410-778-7756 or Information can be found at Washington College's archaeology web page,

Washington College is a private, independent liberal arts and sciences college located in historic Chestertown on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Founded in 1782 under the patronage of George Washington, it is the first college chartered in the new nation.

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