For five summers Dr. Neill De Paoli has led archaeological excavations in the Old Fields neighborhood on the site of a late 17th and 18th century home, tavern, and garrison. Field school participants have been uncovering the ruins of the Spencer-Goodwin home and tavern to uncover belongings of the occupants and tavern goers as well the five African-American and Indian slaves owned by Captain Goodwin.

Come join Dr. De Paoli and his crew as they learn how life transitioned from the turmoil of the Anglo-Indian wars of the late 1600s and early 1700s to the economic rebirth of the decades leading up to the American Revolution.  

Please click to read more about the Old Fields Archaeology Project 2010-2014


Musket gun cock, early 18th century, with flint still in place This experience is a great hands-on opportunity for upper level high school and college students seeking experience in historical archaeology, teachers in need of recertification credits, or history buffs interested in exploring an area with a rich colonial history. Participants will learn basic excavation and recording techniques, laboratory procedures, the identification of 17th and 18th century European artifacts, as well as investigate archaeological features related to the Spencer & Goodwin homesteads and taverns. The program will be highlighted by field trips to local 17th and 18th century old Berwick landmarks and weekly films and discussions.


Dr. Neill De Paoli has over 35 years of experience as a historical archaeologist, having directed archaeological projects and field schools in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. His archaeological investigation of the Spencer-Goodwin site is part of a broader historical and archaeological study of southeastern Maine during the conflict-riven 1690s – 1710s.


The field school will be held Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM to 3:45 PM from June 22nd to July 10th. Participants may sign up for one or more of the three one-week sessions: 

  • Session 1/June 22-26,
  • Session 2/June 29-July 3
  • Session 3/July 6-10

Multiple sessions are discounted: 1 = $175, 2 = $325, 3 = $475. Participants must be at least 17 years old.


Please complete the form below and mail, with check payable to “OBHS”: Old Berwick Historical Society, P.O. Box 296, South Berwick, Maine 03908.

For more information about the dig or area accommodations contact: Dr. Neill De Paoli, Phone: 207-703-2955, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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