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Classes set for archeology field school

QUEENSBURY - This summer Adirondack Community College will again offer archeology buffs the opportunity to uncover more history at Fort Edward, used as a main base of encampment in the 1750 by the British throughout the French and Indian War.

ACC will host an Archaeology Field School from Monday, July 5 through Friday, Aug. 13 at Fort Edward. The dig will be supervised by Dr. David Starbuck of Chestertown, who has extensive experience in excavating military sites of the 18th century.

Two-week sessions of three credits each are being offered, and students may take a maximum of six credits. Classes will meet at Fort Edward from July 5-16, July 19-30, and Aug. 2-13.

Tuition for New York State residents is $136 per credit hour. Tuition for out-of-state residents is $272 per credit hour.

Construction on Fort Edward began in 1755, at which time it was one of the first well-made British forts in North America. By the late 1750s, it was the centerpiece of a complex of huts, barracks and hospitals occupied by 16,000 British and provincial soldiers including the famous Major Robert Rogers and his Rangers.

ACC has conducted excavations in Fort Edward since 1991.

Excavations in 2010 will continue work throughout this enormous military encampment, focusing on outlying parts of the fort and British settlements that ran along the east bank of the Hudson River. However, this year a new phase of the project will begin: site stabilization and the preparation of outdoor exhibits and a walking trail through the remains of the merchants' camp.

Photographs chronicling the previous digs and artifacts recovered at the site are on display at the Rogers Island Visitors Center in Fort Edward.

For details, call ACC's Office of the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at 743-2236.

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