Hands-On Archaeology at the Emily Dickinson Museum

June 14-16, 2018

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? Opportunity awaits in this program offered in conjunction with the 2018 UMass Field School in Historical Archaeology.

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 Services. The 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 Thursday, June 14.

About the archaeologists: 

Dr. Eric Johnson is Director of Archaeological Services at UMASS Amherst and a lecturer in the Anthropology department. 

Dr. Kerry Lynch is a project archaeologist with the UMASS Archaeological Services, specialising in underwater archaeology. 

Julie Woods, M.A. is laboratory supervisor with UMASS Archaeological Services.


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 program fee is $100 per day. Participants may participate in one, two, or all three days of the field school, but the training on Thursday, June 14 is mandatory. 

  • Thursday, June 14th: $100 (mandatory training day)
  • Friday, June 15th: $100
  • Saturday, June 16: $100
Reserve your spot:

To reserve your spot, e-mail EDMReservations@EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org. Please note that this program has a minimum registration requirement to run, and early registration is strongly encouraged. Participants must register by June 8 at the latest.