Archaeological Field School -
Dixon Hollow Site

Dixon Hollow

ANTH 493-01 Archaeological Fieldwork

Location: Hemlock, New York, United States (30 miles south of Rochester)

Program Type: Field School

Affiliation: St. John Fisher College

Project Director: Kristi J. Krumrine

St. John Fisher College is offering a summer field school opportunity at the Dixon Hollow site in Hemlock, New York. This site was a middle 19th - early 20th century hamlet situated along the Canadice Outlet. the hamlet was occupied by a small number of residents over that time period and was abandoned completely by 1920 after residents sold their land to the City of Rochester. The upcoming field season will focus on a homestead area with a house and what appears to be a barn. Students will have an opportunity to learn surveying, excavation, and laboratory techniques as well as explore the broader cultural context of the site through field trips to area historical sites. The upcoming field season will be our sixth summer session at Dixon Hollow. For more information regarding the site, contact Kristi Krumrine (

The field school is open to any interested students. However, previous course work in archaeology is recommended and students must be able to endure physical demands and possibly hot weather. We will be spending time walking, shoveling, and troweling on hands and knees and will be working in areas with little or no shade. Recommendations for equipment which minimizes discomfort and injuries will be distributed later.

Period(s) of occupation
19th-early 20th century historic

Minimum length of stay for volunteers
3 weeks

Minimum age: 18 years

Experience required: No

Room and Board arrangements
For those students who do not have summer housing in Rochester, renting an apartment in Geneseo is recommended due to the proximity to the site as well as opportunities for car-pooling to the site each day. Students have rented in the village successfully and cheaply in the past and help is available to set up contacts with landlords. Depending on what is found, the cost could range anywhere from $50 to $300 for the three weeks. Apartments are furnished with basic items and have full kitchens. Students should register as soon as possible so that housing can be secured. Transportation must be provided by the student; however, there should be enough students with cars so that getting to and from the site on a daily basis isn't a problem.

Academic credit
Number of credits: 3-6
Offered by: St. John Fisher College

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