Alabama - Tuskegee NF
Closed! Upland Pine Excavation
Let the excavation begin!
April 18-22, 2016
Must commit to a minimum of three days
Join us during Alabama’s beautiful early spring, as we explore the past on the United States’ smallest National Forest! Tuskegee National Forest will host an excavation of a prehistoric site, where unique pottery and stone tools abound. Soils are relatively deep at this site and, during preliminary studies, artifacts were recovered about a half meter below the current ground surface – so be ready to get dirty! Volunteers will join the Alabama Heritage team for this project, and will learn basic excavation, site recording, and mapping skills. Volunteers will also be instrumental in determining the site’s eligibility for placement on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and its credentials for becoming a Priority Heritage Asset for the National Forests in Alabama. Auburn University is just minutes north of the site; Tuskegee University just minutes south. There are also abundant hiking and horse trails here, and plenty to see and do in those hours “off the clock.” So, whether your preference is wilderness exploration, taking in the sights, or hob-knobbing in some of the finest, southern collegiate atmosphere around, there is something for everyone – see you this spring!
Number of openings: 10
Special skills: Previous archaeological excavation, site recording/mapping, sketching, photography, and/or artifact identification experience helpful, but not required
Minimum age: 18 years old
Facilities: Primitive and improved camping available at no charge; amenities vary among sites; Auburn, Tuskegee, and Auburn are full-service communities, with hotels/motels, restaurants, and a full range of other amenities; volunteers responsible for own lodging/camping equipment, water, meals, and daily transportation to designated meeting area
Nearest towns: Auburn, 10 miles; Tuskegee, 10 miles; Montgomery, 40 miles
Applications due: March 7, 2016