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2013 DRA Archaeology Field School
Bryant-Barker Tavern Site • Newcastle, Maine

Archaeologist Tim Dinsmore will continue his research work on the 18th-century Bryant-Barker Tavern site located along the west bank of the upper Damariscotta River in Newcastle. This research is part of Tim's study of colonial shipwrights and their families that he has undertaken since 1980. Field school participants will have the opportunity to partake in one of four back-to-back one week sessions, or for a reduced price, several sessions, or all.

The goal for this year's field season is to excavate an area located in the front yard to the tavern (site) where we anticipate finding additional 18th-century artifacts and features associated with the tavern. The excavation of this area, in combination with previous excavation areas, will make possible artifact distribution maps of like artifacts which will help highlight areas of former trash deposits and various other activities that transpired from this Revolutionary War era tavern. Throughout its operation as a tavern the structure also served as home to the Bryant family who operated one of the first shipyards on the Damariscotta. In addition to learning the various field aspects of archaeology participants will also study Bryant's 1772 probate inventory to understand the importance that historical documents play in understanding the past.

Participants are required to register prior to attending the field school and a $100 fee is required upfront to hold your position. Register soon as this very popular program fills quickly. The minimum age to attend is 14 and past field school sessions have included high school age students, college students (majoring in anthropology, history, American studies, material culture and museum studies, etc.), and retirees who have always wanted to participate in a professional archaeological dig. Experience among participants in past years has ranged from first timers to seasoned excavators to up and coming archaeologists.

For additional information on the field school and to register online please see below or contact the Damariscotta River Association (DRA): 207-563-1393. So, join in the fun, help contribute to an important chapter in the maritime history of the Damariscotta River region, and learn the rigors and fundamental principles of archaeology in the mid-coast of Maine!

2013 DRA Archaeology Field School Dates:

  • Session #1: July 8-12 Cost: $350 ($325 DRA Member Cost)
  • Session #2: July 15-19 Cost: $350 ($325 DRA Member Cost)
  • Session #3: July 22-26 Cost: $350 ($325 DRA Member Cost)
  • Session #4: July 29-August 2 Cost: $350 ($325 DRA Member Cost)

Special Rates:

For any two Sessions: $550 ($500 DRA Member Cost)
All four Sessions: $1000 ($900 DRA Member Cost)

*A non-refundable $100 deposit is required with registration to reserve your space* Note: Room & Board not included

Scholarships Available: Partial scholarships available to teachers and students through the "Helen Gurland Scholarship Fund." Call or email for details.

Download our registration form here and send the completed form and payment to:
Damariscotta River Association • PO Box 333 • Damariscotta, ME 04543
Please note that a non-refundable $100 deposit is required with your registration in order to reserve your space. Room and board is not included in the program costs.

If you are unable to download or print the form, please call the DRA office at (207) 563-1393.

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