Lattimer Archaeology Project

Welcome to the Lattimer Archaeology Project.  We initiated this blog to document a new phase of our project.  Previously, we surveyed the site of the Lattimer Massacre in the town of Lattimer, Pennsylvania, documenting the results on this blog: http://lattimermassacre.wordpress.com/.  This survey work will continue as new plans are made.  We decided to make a new blog that will focus on another phase of our project, a planned archaeological excavation of a portion of the coal company town to commence in the Summer of 2012, between May 29 and July 6, 2012.

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Lattimer, was founded in the mid-19th century by the Pardee Company and was the site of a tragic labor massacre in September of 1897. Today, the fabric of the company town landscape survives, with a rich heritage of labor history and immigration from Northern and Western Europe in the mid 19th century and later from Southern and Eastern Europe. This project will explore these themes through a multi-disciplinary approach. We plan to start our work in the summer of 2012 with a field school open to students and volunteers.  Please contact Michael Roller of the University of Maryland (mroller@umd.edu) for details, or see the specifics below:

PROGRAM SPECIFICS

The project will include fieldwork, labwork and some reading assignments and discussion regarding site specific context as well as the theory and methods of archaeology.  Some digital mapping skills will be introduced. There are no prerequisites for the class.

Students in the Pennsylvania system can apply through the Hazleton PennState campus for 3-credit AM ST 100 which will contribute towards graduation. Students may also register in the Maryland system for ANTH496: Field Methods in Archaeology, Sec 0103, (six credits). Registration for Independent Study is also possible (ANTH 389A). Register at: www.summer.umd.edu. The course will satisfy the Anthropological Field Methods as well as the new Scholarship in Practice general education requirements for the university. Volunteers are welcome; please contact organizers for details.

For an information flyer to advertise the field school, click on the link below: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1914151/Lattimer%20field%20school%20flyer.pdf

LOGISTICS

Enrollment will be limited to about 6 students. The field school will meet daily in the field for eight hours a day. Lodging can be provided through Penn State off-campus housing (http://www.hn.psu.edu/StudentLife/living.htm) or contact:  mroller@umd.edu to be notified as options come available through the spring.

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About LM Project

The LMP is a collaborative endeavor which aims to recognize the events surrounding the Lattimer Massacre, an incident that changed the labor movement and impacted the world by bringing to light economic disparities and ethnic tensions in the anthracite region of PA.
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