High school students who would like to have an unforgettable experience are encouraged to

sign up for the Summer Archaeology Institute at the Wakefield Estate on 1465 Brush Hill Road.

Registration is open.

Archaeology is the study of human history through the excavation of sites, in this case the historic 22-acre property in Milton.

Each summer, the estate offers a hands-on archaeological program specifically designed for high school and college students who are interested in learning about local history and archaeology. It is one of only a few programs of its type in the country.

Participants work side by side with graduate archaeology students from the University of Massachusetts at Boston on a genuine archaeological dig. Each two-week session offers students a hands-on introduction to archaeology through participation in an actual onsite excavation.

The first Monday through Friday session from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. will be from July 8 to July 19 and the second will be from July 22 to Aug. 2 .

Space is limited for this program, so early registration is recommended. This program is offered to rising ninth-graders and up.

For more information or to obtain an application, call 617-333-0924, ext. 22. A downloadable pdf of the application is available on the Wakefield Estate's website at wakefieldtrust.org.

The news archive on the website includes articles about finds during previous sessions including a small button with the writing initials "GW" and "Long Live the President,” a memento from the inauguration of President George Washington in 1789.

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