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Archaeology In Action

Archaeology In Action
Weekly sessions; Monday through Friday; June 15 through July 10, 2015;
8:30 am to 4 pm each day, rain or shine.


Brian G. Redmond, Ph.D., Curator and John Otis Hower Chair of Archaeology
Brian Scanlan, MA, Supervisor of Archaeology Field Programs

In the summer of 2015, the Department of Archaeology will resume test excavations at the Burrell Orchard site, a prehistoric Native American settlement located on the Black River in Sheffield Village, Ohio, in Lorain County. The program is designed for Museum members who want to participate in an actual archaeological dig and learn the basic techniques of excavation and data recording. Participants may enroll in one to four weeklong sessions. Minimum age is 18. Limit 10 per week. Museum membership is required. No experience is necessary.

During the 2014 field season at Burrell Orchard, Museum archaeologists identified the remains of a Late Archaic period clay floor and possible house structure dating to more than 4,000 years ago. Additional discoveries included numerous stone spear points and butchering implements, preserved deer bone, hide-smoking pits and nut-roasting pits. For more information, watch this video. The 2015 excavations will more completely document the Late Archaic house structure and test for additional activity areas at this ancient Native American basecamp.


$200 per week. Application deadline is June 12, 2015.
For more information, contact Dr. Brian Redmond at (216) 231-4600, ext. 3301 or email
Download the application.