Assistant Professor of Anthropology Nathan Goodale’s “Archaeology of Hamilton’s Founding” (Arch 110) class is excavating the property at 60 College Hill Road, looking for evidence that would link the structure back to its possible construction date of 1793 (per the plaque above the door). Investigations of several architectural features are indicative of the 18th century, making this possibly the oldest structure still on its original foundation on campus. The students have recovered ceramics, glass, nails and other items that they’ll be researching in the lab to establish production dates.
Goodale’s course is part of the REAL program, in which 64 first-year students live together in South residence hall and take one of four courses taught by Hamilton professors, who also serve as the students’ faculty advisor. Through participation in the REAL program, first-year students have an opportunity to integrate their academic work and residential environment in a meaningful manner, and to connect immediately with their faculty member/advisor and classmates.