Educational Programs

Summer Archaeology Institute Application 2017


Summer Archaeology Institute

Wakefield Estate, Milton, MA

Summer 2017


The Archaeology Institute is a hands-on archaeological excavation at the historic Wakefield Estate in Milton, MA.   The institute is specifically designed for high school and college students interested in learning about local history and archaeology. Participants will work side by side with graduate archaeology students from Boston University.

2017 Dates & Schedule

Session I: July 10 – July 21; Monday-Friday 9 am-3:00 pm

Session II: July 24 – Aug 4; Monday-Friday, 9 am-3:00 pm

Program Description

In each two-week session, participants will work closely with archaeologists to conduct survey work and learn how to set up an archaeological dig. Students will gain excavation experience and the methods and techniques involved in conducting archaeology. Possible field trips and special events include visiting the Boston City Archaeology Lab and meeting specialists from nearby archaeological museums.  Participants will also gain experience in identifying artifacts and the behind-the-scenes activities that occur after the fieldwork has been conducted.


  • Willingness to work outdoors in all kinds of weather.
  • Enthusiasm for hard work and getting dirty -- this is an archaeological dig!
  • Commitment to teamwork and respect for others.
  • Ability to work independently as well as with others.


  • $300 per session; $450 for both sessions
  • Scholarships available based on need.  Please call 617-333-0924 for more information.

Application Process and Deadline

  • Send completed application to address below.
  • Space is limited; applicants will be accepted on a first come first serve basis 

Click HERE to download a pdf of the 2017 Summer Archaeology Institute application or print out form below.

Send or fax completed application to:

 Erica Max, Program Director (call to fax 617 333 0924) 

Wakefield Charitable Trust

1465 Brush Hill Road

Milton, MA  02186


Summer Archaeology Institute

 Wakefield Estate, Milton, MA

 Summer 2017


Name:  _____________________________________  Telephone: __________________

Address: _______________________________________________________________

City: ________________________________________  Zip Code: _________________

Email: ______________________________________  Date of Birth: _______________

Best way to contact you: ___________________________________________________

Name of School __________________________________________________________

Grade you will be entering in Fall 2017: _____________

Check preferred session:

_____ Session I:  July 10-21     _____ Session II: July 24- August 4     _____ Both

Note:  Once we have received your application, we will send you medical and emergency contact forms that need to be completed and sent back prior to the start of the program.

On a separate piece of paper, please briefly answer the following questions:


  • Why do you want to participate in the archaeological institute?


  • What experiences do you have working on a team on a specific task?


  • Name three things you hope to learn from the experience.




Events & Special Programs

Throughout the year, the Wakefield Estate hosts a number of events, workshops and family activities.  These include tours of the estate, hands-on workshops and demonstrations, open houses and more. 


To receive information about our programs sign up for our monthly e-newsletter here, or visit the events calendar.


Graduate Fellowships

Read more...The Wakefield Estate works with local colleges and universities to provide graduate- and undergraduate-level research fellowships and internships.  Depending on the school and program, research fellowships are either for stipend or for school credit.  Over the past three years, students from Boston University, Simmons College, Harvard University, University of Massachusetts/Boston, The Conway School of Landscape Design, The Landscape Institute and the Winterthur Museum have conducted research at the Wakefield Estate in the following areas:

  • Collections Research and Management (furniture, art, etc.)
  • Archival and Library Studies
  • Landscape Design and Research
  • Archaeology and GIS
  • Historic Buildings and Architecture
  • Mineralogy

For more information about graduate and undergraduate research opportunities, email Mark Smith Executive Director or call 617-333-0924.


After School Programs

The Wakefield Estate is an ideal site for school-age after school programs looking for a site that offers a wide range of outdoor educational activities. For information about partnering with the Wakefield Estate for after-school programming, please call 617-333-0924.







School Programs

The Wakefield Estate hosts school field trips during the autumn and spring months for local schools and youth programs.  With an emphasis on outdoor activities and environmental science, the site is ideal for children ages 5-12.  Topics of exploration include life cycles of plants and animals, ponding, landforms, stream studies tree identification, nature journaling and more.  To inquire about scheduling a field trip, call 617-333-0924 or email us at

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