Archaeological Digs: Westchester and Putnam

Date: July 6, 2004 - July 14, 2004

Participants will be instructed in the use of archaeological tools and techniques during the three day dig. After an introduction to the site and objectives of the season, teachers will experience different facets of the excavation process. Teachers will be required to maintain a journal of their work noting their activities and observations. Teachers will be expected to indicate on this information will be used in the classroom.

Tuesday, July 6 – Thursday, July 8
Location: Jay Heritage Center, Boston Post Road, Rye
Time: 9:30-3:30

Professor Bruce Byland, Lehman College, will conduct the dig. Last year teachers uncovered the foundation of a previously unknown building which may be part of the barn at the time when John Jay was born. This discovery was very exciting to the John Jay Heritage Center and excavations this year will continue the search.

Monday, July 12 – Wednesday, July 14
Location: West Point Foundry Site, Cold Spring
Time: 9:00-3:00

Professor Patrick Martin, Michigan Technological University, will conduct this Earthwatch dig at the foundry founded in 1817 opposite West Point. The Foundry played a significant role in the supply of cannons to the Union Army. Excavators hope to learn more about the operations of the Foundry. Some of the ore came from Tilly Foster Mines in Brewster which is now part of a preservation effort that will include additional teacher programs in the fall.

Cost: Jay Heritage Center $75
West Point Foundry $110
Hours: 15 each
Cutoff date June 25