Field Opportunities

Two new, Summer 2013 field opportunities for Montclair State students

1. “A Long Time Coming”: Community-Based Historical Archaeology in Setauket, New York Summer 2013 Field School

To learn more about the project please visit our website:

Montclair State University and Higher Ground Intercultural and Heritage Association are offering the opportunity to work with ALTC project directors in an historical archaeological field school. Field school participants will contribute to three research projects.

These include excavations at the Jacob and Hannah Hart site, a late 19th-century home associated with one of the community’s most well known and highly regarded families, as well as excavations at the Thompson House site, a locally prominent 18th-century farmstead. In both cases the fieldwork seeks to collect data on the early history and development of Setauket’s Native and African American community in the contexts of both slavery and freedom. The third project is a community-based historical study of Setauket’s Bethel AME Church, which was founded by community members in 1845 and remains a vital community institution. This project will draw on archival and oral history research. 

Registration is limited to 12 students.
Anthropology 470, Archaeological Field Methods (4 Credits)
For information on tuition and fees, please contact Montclair State University Summer Programs,

2. Sustainability in Action: A Service Learning Class  (ANTH 414)

This summer learn about sustainability firsthand. This is a service learning class for students who understand the importance of environmental sustainability and want to work proactively on solutions for the challenges of our time.  Sustainability in Action will combine research and action with a hybrid course structure. For information and an application contact Dr. Kate McCaffrey, Department of Anthropology

In the first part of the class, we will read about how citizens in Ithaca, New York are reducing their environmental footprint through sustainable living, food, and alternative energy projects.  Enjoy a fun and engaging 5 day excursion to beautiful Ithaca, New York where we will stay in Ecovillage, Ithaca.  We will experience the successes and challenges of living and working sustainably in cohousing community. Students will gain valuable field experience working on two organic farms: and  We will meet a variety of residents to learn about sustainable food, ; money; and community building in the Ithaca area.  Finally, no trip to Ithaca would be complete without a hike in one of Ithaca’s beautiful gorges.

Course Dates May 28-July 3

  • Online coursework begins May 28. Students will complete a series of background readings and online discussions on sustainability, focusing on food and community. 
  • We will participate in a half day service project at Miller Street Farm in Montclair on Saturday June 1, as an orientation for our Ithaca trip.
  • Travel to Ithaca June 9-June 14
  •  On return from our trip, students will engage in reflective writing assignments online.

Travel Dates June 9-June 14 (Leaving Sunday 6/9 at 3:00 PM from Montclair State University; Returning Friday 6/14 before 10:00 PM to Montclair State University)

Program Fee $350 plus 3 credits summer school tuition.  Includes food, lodging (shared accommodations in Ecovillage) and transportation to and from Ithaca.

For information about and an application to "Sustainability in Action," contact Dr. Kate McCaffrey, Department of Anthropology