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Archaeology Courses

Archaeological Research

CRN# 10885                                 January 1-May 31                                                                                                                   
CFP 100-51                                   By Appointment                                                                                                   Fee: $30

This course is mandatory for students fulfilling the 60 experience hours required for the SCCC-Community Archaeology Program (CAP) certificate. Additionally, this course is required for all students engaged in archaeological research and laboratory under a SCCC-CAP instructor’s supervision. This course is taught by Louise Basa, an area archaeologist with extensive fieldwork experience and research experience, and Diana Carter. Ms. Basa is past president of the NYS Archaeological Association. Ms. Carter, a GE retiree, began her second career in archaeology after graduating from SCCC-CAP with a basic certificate. Click here to register.
 

Independent Archaeology Project

CRN# 10886                                 January 1-May 31                                                                                                                   
CFP 101-51                                   By Appointment                                                                                               Fee: $125

This course is necessary for all Community Archaeology Program students wishing to work on their approved archaeological products (e.g., articles for publication, exhibits, public presentations or site studies/reports), required for their Certificate of Advanced Study in Community Archaeology. Pre-Requisite: Students must meet with CAP faculty to present a project plan for approval before registering for this course. This course is taught by Louise Basa, an area archaeologist with extensive fieldwork experience and research experience. Ms. Basa is past president of the NYS Archaeological Association. Click here to register.
 

Archaeology of Human Burials

CRN# 11216                                 January 17-March 14                                                                                                         
CFP 125-71                                   Online Course                                                                                                     Fee: $175

Students will learn about the advent of burials with our Homo ancestors in Eurasia, indigenous practices globally and even how the death obsession of the Victorians came to shape how we view burial today. This course is taught by Hanna Marie Pageau, a graduate student with field experience in osteology and material archaeology. Her research focuses on dental evolution and the efficacy of field school participation by students. Click here to register.

Archaeology of the Occult and Non-Western Culture

CRN# 11217                                 Wednesdays, January 18-March 8                                                                         
CFP 126-51                                   6-8:30 p.m.                                                                                                            Fee: $130

Students will study the material remains and belief systems of past subcultures and counter cultures that were hidden from the secular world of past societies. Topics include recent investigations of vampire burials, voodoo shamanism, witchcraft, divination, secret society symbolism and much more. This course will include lectures, a site visit and guest presentations. This course is taught by Darrell Pinckney, a member of the American Institute of Conservation for Art and Antiquities. Click here to register.

Historical Archaeology

CRN# 10887                                 Tuesdays, January 24-April 4                                                                                      
CFP 106-51                                   6-9 p.m.                                                                                                                    Fee: $175

No class March 14
This course is designed to introduce students to the field of historical archaeology and to explore methods employed for the study of people of the past. Students will investigate local and regional lifeways of peoples who resided in the Northeast from the 17th century to the recent past. Lectures, readings, discussions and hands-on activities are among the teaching methods employed. Materials fee: two textbooks totaling $50 are required. Field date to be scheduled separately. This course is taught by Diana Carter, a GE retiree. She began her second career in archaeology after graduating from SCCC-CAP with a basic certificate. Click here to register.
 

Researching/Interpreting Documents in Archaeology

CRN# 10889                                 Thursdays, February 16-April 27                                                                             
CFP 108-51                                   6-9 p.m.                                                                                                                    Fee: $175

No class March 16
This course examines primary and secondary documents used in archaeology. Sources, methods, locations, and interpretation of a variety of documents used for research, proposals, and publications are addressed. Visits to repositories, discussions, lectures, and hands-on activities are among the methods employed. This course is taught by Louise Basa, an area archaeologist with extensive fieldwork experience and research experience. Ms. Basa is a past president of the NYS Archaeological Association. Click here to register.

 

Early Stone Technology

CRN# 11273                                 Tuesdays, March 7-May 16
CFP 121-51                                   6-8:30 p.m.                                                                                                            Fee: $160

No class March 14
Projectile points and other stone tools were an important part of the precolonial Native Americans toolkit. In this hands-on course, students will learn the basic skills used in the production of these tools and the socioeconomic theory regarding their production. Activities include learning to make a stone tool, learning to analyze lithic debitage and a field trip. This course is taught by Christopher Hopkins, who specializes in Northeastern Archaeology with an interest in heritage management. Click here to register.
 

Introduction to Ceramic Restoration

CRN# 10891                                 Thursdays, March 30-April 27                                                                                    
CFP 110-51                                   6:30-9 p.m.                                                                                                               Fee: $65

Archaeologists, scholars, antiques dealers and ceramic collectors routinely deal with the identification and restoration of ceramics. In this course, clay type, profiles, glaze and decorations will be discussed to help students identify sherds in an archaeological context. Students will be introduced to an overview of techniques used to mend and restore historic and collectible ceramics. Hands-on activities include learning how to research and identify ceramics sherds and objects. Students will also learn how to detect old repairs and plan for new ones. Materials: Students supply their own ceramic piece to work with in class. This course will be taught by Melody Howarth, the owner/operator of Mel’s Belles Restorations and the Historian for the Town of Nassau in Rensselaer County. Click here to register.
 

Gravestone Cleaning

CRN# 11214                                 Saturday, April 8                                                                                                                      
CFP 123-01                                   10 a.m.-2 p.m.                                                                                                       Fee: $35

Would you like to learn how to clean cemetery stones? Do you have a family plot with a stone that needs cleaning? Are you having a difficult time reading the worn lettering on a stone? Melody Howarth will show you cleaning and reading methods that work quite well. Join Ms. Howarth at Vale Cemetery for this informative workshop. Students will be contacted prior to the class with meeting instructions. Students are asked to bring gloves, bottled water and a bagged lunch. Materials fee: - $10. This course will be taught by Melody Howarth, the owner/operator of Mel’s Belles Restorations and the Historian for the Town of Nassau in Rensselaer County. Click here to register.
 

300 Years of American Furniture

CRN# 11215                                 Mondays, April 10-May 15                                                                                             
CFP 124-51                                   6-8 p.m.                                                                                                                        Fee: $85

This course will survey American furniture from the 17th century until 1900. The furniture discussed will be illustrated in both period room settings and close-ups, which will picture the differences between formal versus country and the many regional variations from one area to another. This course is taught by Marilyn Sassi, who worked as a museum curator for many years. Ms. Sassi has also had many years of experience in the antiques business. Click here to register.

Archaeological Field Work Program

CRN# 10890                                 Tuesdays, April 11-June 20                                                                                            
CFP 109-51                                   6-9 p.m.                                                                                                                    Fee: $175

This course gives students an opportunity to learn and/or enhance specific archaeological fieldwork skills. It is designed to train the students in applying the basic principles of surveying to a site area by using a transit and other techniques for surface mapping. Students will also receive formal training in excavating and recording archaeological data. Field sessions will take place at archaeological sites in the area. Pre-requisite: CFP 106 Historical Archaeology or CFP 102 Native American Archaeology. This course is taught by Adam Lucier, who has worked with Hartgen Archaeological Associates for 19 years as a Field Archaeologist and a Project Manager/Director. He has discovered and excavated a wide range of archeological site types including 19th-century urban sites, 19th-century rural farmsteads, 18th-century Revolutionary War era sites, 17th century Dutch site and Native American sites. Click here to register.