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Mohawk to offer summer archaeology training in Hawley

Mohawk students exploring the archaeology of Hawley’s Old Town Common unearthed this pottery near the Sanford Tavern in previous excavations. (Submitted photo)

Mohawk students exploring the archaeology of Hawley’s Old Town Common unearthed this pottery near the Sanford Tavern in previous excavations. (Submitted photo)

HAWLEY — Mohawk Trail Regional School, in partnership with the Sons and Daughters of Hawley, will be offering a two-week field training program in archaeology.

The basic training will take place near the ruins of the old Sanford Tavern, where students will search for and identify artifacts at a site where Mohawk students have unearthed pipe stems, pipe bowls, pieces of china and a coin in 2011-2012 excavations.

The town itself was founded in 1792 and the tavern was built in the early 1800s.

The program is to take place Aug. 4 through 15, and it’s open to middle- and high-school students, ages 13 and up. The maximum enrollment will be 16 students, with Mohawk students given first priority. Field trips to such places as the Barnard Tavern in Historic Deerfield will be part of the summer program.

Laura Masur, a Boston University doctoral candidate in archaeology, and Ivan Grail, a Mohawk social studies and archaeology instructor, will serve as instructors. They will be assisted by John Sears, a town historian and president of the Sons & Daughters of Hawley, along with Lark Thwing, vice-president of the 113-year-old historical society.

An information session on the program will be held March 31 at 6 p.m., at the Mohawk Trail Regional School, Room 215.

The tuition is expected to be $500 for the two-week program, but financial aid may be available. The sessions during the training will be held weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More information is available online at:

https://sites.google.com/site/mohawkarcheology or email Ivan Grail at: archaeology@mohawkschools.org

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