This is the place to find out the latest developments in the AVP. Find out what new archaeological discoveries have been made, and find out how to volunteer for an archaeological investigation.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

New Features to Map

We're beginning to get a clearer picture of the features in the southwest corner of the field. In addition to the thermal feature (orange area), few postmolds have turned up (dark circular stains), and we will follow them to see if a structure was present.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Leonie examines an artifact she found during excavations at Canticle Farm's Bockmier Site.

Monday, July 16, 2018

7th Annual Overlook Photo

We made it up to the overlook once again, for the seventh annual installment...

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Meet the International Volunteers

Every year we host a new cohort of volunteers who participate int he Volunteers for Peace program, and this year seven volunteers are joining us from across Europe.
Leonie, here seen working the screens, is from Berlin, Germany.

Patrick, our only American VFP volunteer, hails from Arlington, Virginia, though he has traveled extensively.

Amaury is from Nancy, in eastern France.

Nathan lives in Sabran, in southern France.

Javier, seen excavating in a test unit, spends part of the year in Barcelona, and part in Girona, Spain.

Anna comes to us from Brno, in Czechia.

Emil lives in Espoo, in southern Finland. 

Come on down to the dig to meet and work with them!

Season 2018 Underway!

Come on out and visit or volunteer at the Canticle Farm North Fields (behind the market) just west of Allegany, NY.
Volunteers screen for artifacts at the Bockmier One site at Canticle Farm.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

2018 International Volunteer Program

This year the AVP welcomes up to 8 international volunteers through Volunteers for Peace, a non-profit volunteer placement group. VFP volunteers must pay their travel expenses to and from Allegany, NY, but while here, food and lodging are covered by volunteer contributions. This year our VFP volunteers will be here for two weeks (07 July to 21 July). VFP partners with local volunteer organizations in each country, to make it easier to apply and obtain a visa. You can email them at to ask about partner organizations in your country. For more information, you can visit The AVP project code is VFP-STV05-18, found here.

Friday, February 2, 2018

SUNY JCC and AVP Summer Archaeological Field School Information

JCC is once again offering a discount tuition rate for the 6 credit field school. This year tuition is just $594 for New York residents with a certificate of residence (COR), and $1188 for out-of-state students, and residents without a COR. Additional fees total $76.50 for residents and non-residents. Registration forms can be found at and should be filled out as follows:
CMP = JM    CRN = 3179    SBJ = ANT    CR HRS = 6    COURSE FEE = (leave blank)
COURSE TITLE = ANT 2010 Discount Tuition Arch Field School.

Enter the discount tuition amount ($594 with COR or $1188 without) in the TUITION box, enter $52.50 in the TECHNOLOGY FEE box, and enter $24 in the LEARNING NETWORK FEE box. Add up tuition and fees and enter into the TOTAL AMOUNT ENCLOSED box ($670.50 with COR, $1264.50 without), include payment, and mail to the address indicated on the form.

For more information on tuition, fees or the registration process, email Shannon Bessette at . For more information about the field school itself, food/lodging options, and the project in general, email Steve Howard at 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Summer Field School 2018

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Registration and tuition information will be posted here soon. In the meantime, you can contact Shannon at JCC ( or Steve at AVP ( for current information.