Historical Archaeology in Bermuda
historical archaeology field school

Project Introduction & Call for Applications

Next field season: 10-31 July 2004

The Department of Archaeology, University of Bristol, in conjunction with and at the invitation of the Bermuda National Trust, are pleased to announce the second season of this archaeology field school in the principles and practice of historical archaeology. The project is based in the 17th century town of St George, Bermuda - a key location in the development of the Atlantic world of the 17th and 18th centuries. The field school will be run in parallel with the Bermuda National Trust Archaeology Camp - so field school participants will work alongside Bermudian students.

Applications to participate in the field school are invited from students from the UK, North America, or elsewhere in the world. Participants do not need to be Bristol students.

To see details of fees and academic credit, click here.

Bermuda archaeology

In the first season (Summer 2002), excavations were carried out at three sites in the town of St George: the Bank of Bermuda car park, area near Old Town Square; the site of the Unfinished Church/Old Government House; and the gardens of Aunt Nea's Inn. Well-preserved seventeenth and eighteenth century archaeological horizons, including in situ 17th century structural remains, were identified in all three sites. The 17th century urban archaeology of St George will be investigated further in the second season.

The field school provides full training in the principles and practice of historical archaeology. In conjunction with the Bermuda National Trust, a series of formal and informal lectures will be provided.

Fees and Academic Credit
The fees for the field school are 1050, including all accommodation, food, transport and tuition for the full 3 weeks of the project. Participants will be responsible for their own flight to Bermuda, and will be met from the airport by a member of project staff.

The field school is an accredited course offered by University of Bristol, and offers ten credit points upon completion of the three-week programme. This are usually treated as equivalent to one undergraduate credit by North American universities, but students should confirm their acceptibility with their own school. Apply for this field school

Archaeological and Historical Background
Bermuda was the location of one of the first English permanent overseas settlements in the New World, just a few years after the establishment of Jamestown, Virginia in 1607. The settlement was established in 1612 by Admiral Geroge Somers of the Virginia Company of London. Bermuda - also known then as the Somers Islands - developed during the 17th century, and a great deal of documentary evidence survives for the early history of Bermuda.

The town of St George was a key location in the development of the settlement in Bermuda - becoming the site of the islands' first town in 1612. it remained the capital of Bermuda until 1815, and the relative lack of development in the town since that date makes the probability of the survival of significant archaeological remains of 17th and 18th century date very high.

The project is directed by Paul Belford, Mark Horton and Dan Hicks. Read more about project staff...

Bermuda archaeology field school

The Historical Archaeology in Bermuda project provides participants with

Introductory Reading List
Aston, M. 1985. Interpreting the Landscape. London: Batsford
Games, A. 1999. Migration and the Origins of the English Atlantic World. Harvard: Harvard University Press
Kennedy, J. 1971 Isle of devils : Bermuda under the Somers Island Company, 1609-1685
Wilkinson, H.C. 1973. Bermuda from sail to steam : the history of the island from 1784 to 1901

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Historical archaeology MA at Bristol

To apply, print, complete and fax or post the Application Form,
For further details, email Julie.Shackleford@bristol.ac.uk

2002-2004 Department of Archaeology, University of Bristol, UK
in conjunction with Bermuda National Trust