May 06, 2021
ANTH111 PO - Archaeological Field PracticumWhen Offered: Last offered spring 2020.
Instructor(s): A. Chase
The purpose of this course is to expose students to a wide range of archaeological techniques in an
active on-site field setting. Students work side-by-side with archaeological research team members,
gaining experience in excavation, recording, and interpretation of finds. All students will be on-site
for 8 weeks. There is no running water, no air conditioning, and no electricity at the site; nor does
Internet connectivity exist, meaning that there is also no television and no news. Camp is in a
remote location. The Caracol Archaeological Project has been operating continually since 1985 and
the students will benefit from the past work and stabilization that has been undertaken at the site.
As an active field project, all participating individuals will be involved in taking field notes, making
field and artifact drawings, and recording lot and catalogue cards; they will also be on-site each day
with local excavators who handle the heavy lifting. As a result of these experiences, students
should learn how to be functioning members of an archaeological team and gain a suite of
experiences that are not generally available to them through participation in more short-term field
schools. Letter grade only.
Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
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