Summer Archaeology Institute

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.




Summer Archaeology Institute

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The Wakefield Estate’s Summer Archaeology Institute is designed for high school students interested in an unusual outdoor summer experience, or like learning about history or archaeology. Participants conduct a genuine archaeological excavation on site under the direction of doctoral candidates from Boston University. The institute is a two-week course that includes a field trip to visit other active archaeological sites in the Boston area. Participants are welcome to attend back to back sessions. To read about some of the exciting find from previous sessions, enter the search term "summer archaeology" in the "search our site" box on at the upper right corner of this page.

There are two sessions offered for the summer of 2016:

  • Session I:  July 5 -July 15; M-F 9am-3pm
  • Session II: July 18-July 29; M-F, 9am-3pm
For more information and an application to register for the 2016 institute, call 617-333-0924, email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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