A crowd of 50 gathered in Harvard Yard as students, faculty and staff marked the opening of the Yard for archaeological and instructional purposes. Part of the Harvard course, Anthropology 1130, Archaeology of Harvard Yard, faculty will supervise the excavation of a patch of ground in the yard. It will provide Harvard students the chance to learn archaeological skills and also connect with the history of Harvard College, and possibly the Harvard Indian College.
Over the next couple of weeks, the dig will extend slowly down to 1.5 meters (4 feet), and provide students a glimpse into the early life of the college. Previous years have resulted in finds as far back as the 17th century, including type print from the Indian College. This year's excavation will search a new area that is presumed to around the area of teh 1638 Old College, which was a separate building from the Indian College building.
This year's course will also have a member of the #HarvardNative community as the Teaching Assistant. Wade Campbell, (Diné), a doctoral student is back on campus after spending his summer excavating sites in rural New Mexico researching Navajo sheep camps.
Thanks go out to the Dean of Harvard Yard and the Harvard Peabody Museum for including HUNAP in the opening day fesitivies.