'The earth has many keys': Hands-On Archaeology at the Emily Dickinson Museum

June 7-10, 2017

The earth has many keys,
Where melody is not
Is the unknown peninsula.
Beauty is nature’s fact.

-Fr. 1775

Have you always wondered what it's like to be an archeologist? Perhaps you've dreamed of digging into the landscape that inspired Emily Dickinson's poetry? During this field school at the Emily Dickinson Museum you'll work alongside professional archaeologists to uncover the many keys in the earth at the Homestead.

About the field school:

Participants will learn and practice the fundamentals of archaeological field and laboratory research under the direction of both academically oriented archaeologists and experienced cultural resource management professionals from UMass Archaeological ServicesThe focus of this year's field school will be the Homestead garden and the area where a Dickinson-era barn once stood. All participants must participate in the orientation training offered on Wednesday, June 7.


While frequent kneeling, standing, lifting and bending is part of the excavation process,  participants may choose to moderate their physical activity as needed. Participants should be comfortable spending several hours out of doors. If you have questions about the nature of the field work, please write us at edmreservations@emilydickinsonmuseum.org.


The field school costs $75 per day. Participants may participate in one, some, or all days of the field school, but the training on Wednesday, June 7 is mandatory.

Reserve your spot:

E-mail us at EDMReservations@EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org