The New Hampshire State Conservation and Rescue Archaeology Program (SCRAP) is a public participation program for archaeological research, management, and education.
Interested in Archaeology?
Archaeology is the study of human history and prehistory through the excavation of sites and the analysis of artifacts and other physical remains.
New Hampshire contains an array of archaeological sites worth protecting. These sites are a non-renewable resource which, collectively, constitute a unique record of human achievement spanning at least 12,000 years, from the first human occupation after the retreat of the glaciers, through the displacement of Native American cultures by European colonists, and up to the recent past.
Individuals seeking to learn more about hands on experiences in archaeology should review the NH SCRAP Information Packet and contact the State Archaeologist with any questions by emailing email@example.com or calling 603-271-6433.
Learn Archaeological Field Methods
Attend an archaeological field school this summer. Fieldwork and instruction will be directed by an archaeologist with the Division of Historical Resources. Please see our summer 2023 field school flier for more information.
Note for Perspective Applicants
Applications to the field school must be received by the NHDHR no later than May 10, 2024. The archaeology field school is structured in two sessions, each two weeks long (June 17 – June 28 and July 1 – July 12). Fieldwork will take place daily on weekdays from 8 AM to 4 PM. Attendance on Thursday, July 4 will be optional due to the holiday.
Analyze artifacts that are hundreds or even thousands of years old
Come volunteer at the State’s archaeology lab. Learn how to wash and catalog artifacts, maintain and organize field equipment, and share stories of adventure from field seasons past.
Typical Archaeology Lab Schedule
The archaeology lab is generally open to volunteer participation on Wednesdays from 10 AM to 4 PM during October through May. A weekly email is sent out to the lab volunteer email list advising as to the status of the lab for that week.
Individuals seeking to learn more about volunteer opportunities at the State’s archaeology lab or wishing to be added to the lab volunteer email list should contact the State Archaeologist by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 603-271-6433.