Archaeology

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Archaeology Courses

ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH
CRN#90875   
CFP 100-51    
September 1 – December 31    
By Appointment  

Fee: $30
For Community Archaeology Program students only.
This course is mandatory for students fulfilling the 60 experience hours required for the SUNY SCCC Community Archaeology Program (CAP) certificate. Additionally, this course is required for all students engaged in archaeological research and laboratory under a SUNY SCCC CAP instructor’s supervision. Students must speak with an instructor before registering. This course is taught by Louise Basa and Diana Carter. Ms. Basa, an area archaeologist with extensive fieldwork experience and research experience, is past president of the NYS Archaeological Association. Ms. Carter, a GE retiree, began her second career in archaeology after earning the basic certificate from SUNY SCCC. Click here to register.


INDEPENDENT ARCHAEOLOGY PROJECT
CRN# 90873   
CFP 101-51    
September 1 – December 31    
By Appointment  

Fee: $125
For Community Archaeology Program students only.
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 and reports) and is required for their Certificates of Advanced Study in Community Archaeology. Students must speak with an instructor before registering. This course is taught by Louise Basa, an area archaeologist with extensive fieldwork and research experience. Ms. Basa is a past President of the NYS Archaeological Association and past Vice President of the NY Archaeological Council. Click here to register.


ARCHAEOLOGICAL LABORATORY PRACTICES
CRN# 91389   
CFP 103-51  
September 10 – November 12   
Mondays    
6-9 p.m. 

Fee: $165
This course gives participants an opportunity to enhance their laboratory skills by learning to further analyze artifacts and materials for identification, processing and conservation. Artifacts from selected archaeological sites will be used; with a concentration on the manufacturing, processing and conservation methodologies for a variety of organic and inorganic objects. Sessions include lectures, visual media, demonstrations and hands-on activities. Prerequisite: CFP 106 Historical Archaeology or CFP 102 Native American Archaeology. This course is taught by Darrell Pinckney, a member of the American Institute of Conservation for Art and Antiquities. Click here to register.


RECORDING AND ARCHIVING ARCHAEOLOGICAL DATA
CRN# 91390   
CFP 107-51    
September 11 – November 13   
Tuesdays   
6-9 p.m.

Fee: $165
This course addresses why detailed records are maintained during excavation, as well as how artifacts and records that form the basis for future research are processed. Hands-on activities include artifact illustration and description, photographic recording, the use of computers for databases and analysis and final data archiving. The course is supplemented with a visit to an archive. Prerequisite: CFP 106 Historical Archaeology or CFP 102 Native American Archaeology. This course is taught by Diana Carter, a GE retiree. She began her second career in archaeology after graduating from the SUNY SCCC Community Archaeology Program’s Basic Certificate Program. Click here to register.


NATIVE AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGY
CRN# 91072  
CFP 102-51    
September 13 – November 15   
Thursdays   
6-9 p.m.

Fee: $165
In this hand-on course, students will explore, through research, interpretation, artifact study and field activities, current ideas about Native American Lifeways prior to European settlement in North America, with emphasis on the Greater Northeast. Text/materials fee: approximately $30. This course is taught by Adam Lucier, who has worked with Hartgen Archaeological Associates for 18+ years as a Field Archaeologist and a Project Manager/Director. He has discovered and excavated a range of archaeological site types including 19th-century urban, 19th century rural farmsteads, 18th-century Revolutionary War era, 17th-century Dutch and Native American sites. Click here to register.


ZOOARCHAEOLOGY: FAUNAL STUDIES
CRN# 91793   
CFP 129-51    
September 25 – October 30   
Tuesdays   
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Fee: $75
This course uses hands-on laboratory work and mini lectures to introduce students to the study of faunal remains from archaeological sites. Students will learn to identify animal bones and some of the methods zooarchaeologists use to learn about how people lived in the past through their relationships with animals. This course is taught by Vivian James, a doctoral student in the Anthropology
Department of the University at Albany. She is a member of the New York State Archaeological Association and the New York Archaeological Council.
Click here to register.


TRADE, COLONIAL & 19TH CENTURY POTTERY
CRN# 91792   
CFP 104-51    
September 26 – November 7   
Wednesdays   
6-8 p.m.

Fee: $90
Students will examine different types of pottery, starting with the earliest types of Dutch utilitarian red ware found at Fort Orange (now Albany), onto Bellarmine and Westerwald, continuing through 19th century ironstone and others. There will be an emphasis on ceramics used locally as proven by the work done through archaeology. Students will visit one of the earliest Dutch houses in the Stockade Historic District to view ceramics in an 18th century setting. This course is taught by Marilyn Sassi, who worked as a museum curator for many years and has extensive experience in the antique business. Click here to register.


GRAVESTONE CLEANING
CRN# 91078   
CFP 123-01    
October 14   
Saturday   
10 a.m.-2:30 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 to be paid to the instructor. 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.