DIGGING UP THE PAST: ARCHAEOLOGY AND HISTORY AT COLONIAL FORT RICHMOND

A one-week daytime seminar for 7th – 12th grade students who enjoy history

photo: Tom Desjardin


This camp is now full. A waiting list has been created; if you would like to add your child to the waiting list, please contact Gina Mitchell at gina@mainehumanities.org

Dates: June 24 – 28, 2013
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Places: Fort Western, Augusta; MDOT Fort Richmond archaeological dig, Richmond; Maine State Museum, Augusta

The Maine frontier was a dangerous place for European settlers, who dotted the landscape with forts to protect themselves against rival European factions and Native Americans. In Richmond, along the Kennebec River, there were likely two forts, one built around 1721 and the second built in the same location around 1740. Neither survived the 18th century. Get your hands dirty and help unearth the forts before a new bridge is built across the Kennebec. If you attended this camp in 2012, never fear—there’s still plenty to do and your experience from last year will be invaluable. We'll have some new activities to do and more background and history to share as well.

Want to know more about the role of archaeology in the study of history? Come to History Camp 2013!

  • Learn why archaeology is important and how it fits into the larger historical picture.
  • Study the architecture and functioning of Colonial-era forts in Maine.
  • Understand the basics of how to survey and dig at an archaeological site.
  • Learn about artifact conservation—cleaning, photographing, storing, cataloging.
  • Get a behind-the-scenes look at how a museum works.
  • Understand the career options open to history majors. They are not all teachers and professors

History Camp Staff

  • Tom Desjardin, Historian, Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands
  • Dennis Edmondson, History teacher, Mt. Ararat High School
  • Leith Smith, Historic Preservationist, Maine Historic Preservation Commission




 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

photo: Tom Desjardin