Frost Town Archaeology

Archaeology in the Finger Lakes Region

What is Frost Town Archaeology?

Frost Town Archaeology is a project run by SUNY Brockport’s Department of Anthropology in collaboration with the Cumming Nature Center of the Rochester Museum and Science Center.

2023 Frost Town Symposium and Exhibit Opening

On May 13th, 2023, Frost Town Archaeology hosted the first ever Frost Town Archaeology Symposium and exhibit opening for “Frost Town: The History and Ecology of a Ghost Town” at the Cumming Nature Center.

Check out the link above for more information on the Frost Town Exhibit, now on display at the Cumming Nature Center, and click here for more information on the Frost Town Symposium, including a video of our roundtable featuring CNC staff, historians, and a descendant of Frost Town’s Wilcox family. This exhibit is also available in Spanish (translated by Corrine Gilman ’23) here.

This symposium and the 2022 Season were made possible by American Council for Learned Societies as they provided the financial assistance to make FTA’s 2022 season participation free with the Sustaining Public Engagement Grant, which will continue to support our efforts into May of 2023. Check us out on the ACLS list of recent grantees here: Frost Town and the ACLS.

2024 Field School

The 2024 Field Season will take place from July 28th through August 15th at the Cumming Nature Center. More information to follow, but for more information, email Dr. Smith at