Mohawk lowers costs of summer archaeology course
Students from an earlier archaeological dig explore Hawley's Old Town Common for broken pipes, coins, and other artifacts. Submitted photo. Purchase photo reprints »
HAWLEY — Thanks to a $2,000 Kickstarter online fundraiser and a contribution from the Mary Lyon Foundation, financial aid and reduced tuition are now available for a two-week Summer Archaeology Field Training Program on what was the site of Hawley’s Old Town Common in the early 1800s.
The original tuition was to have been $500 per student, but it has been reduced to $300 because of the contributions.
Interested students should immediately submit an application, to ensure a place in the program, from Aug. 4 through Aug. 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.
Students will learn basic methods of archaeology from Laura Masur, an archaeology doctoral candidate at Boston University, and from Ivan Grail, social studies/archaeology instructor at Mohawk Trail Regional School. Historian John Sears and Kirby “Lark” Thwing will also assist. Sears and Thwing are, respectively, president and vice president of the Sons and Daughters of Hawley, a 113-year-old historical society. Students will participate in excavating the ruins the old Sanford Tavern, from which artifacts have been unearthed during earlier student excavations.
Also, field trips to such places at the Barnard Tavern in Historic Deerfield will also be part of the summer program.
“I am delighted that Mohawk will once again offer this hands-on educational experience, begun so successfully with Mohawk students in 2011,” said Principal Lynn Dole. “We found that students become deeply engaged in the work of being archaeologists.”
The program is open to middle- and high-school students ages 13 and up. Priority will be given to Mohawk students, but other students and adults may enroll, if space is available. The maximum enrollment is 16.
Also, anyone wishing to support the program may send contributions to the Sons and Daughters of Hawley, c/o Serra Root, 330 East Hawley Road, Hawley MA 01339.
To obtain an application online, visit:
or contact IvanGrail at firstname.lastname@example.org