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January 1 – May 24
For Community Archaeology Program students only.
This course is mandatory for students fulfilling the 60 experience hours required for the SUNY Schenectady Community Archaeology Program (CAP) certificate. Additionally, this course is required for all students engaged in archaeological research and laboratory under a SUNY Schenectady 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 Schenectady. Click here to register.
INDEPENDENT ARCHAEOLOGY PROJECT
January 1 – May 24
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.
Tuesdays, January 29 – April 19
No class March 19.
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 SUNY Schenectady -CAP with a basic certificate. Click here to register.
RESEARCHING/INTERPRETING DOCUMENTS IN ARCHAEOLOGY
Thursdays, January 31 – April 11
No class March 21.
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.
INTRO TO ARTIFACT PRESERVATION
Mondays, February 4 – March 11
A course for students who want to become more familiar with the preservation of historic and cultural material for future study. In this class, students will learn how chemical, biological, and environmental factors impact the integrity of objects. They will also learn how to prevent deterioration through cleaning, stabilization, and consolidation using non-toxic and reversible methodologies. Students will learn how to assess objects for their condition, prepare treatment proposals, conduct conservation protocols and generate a final report of the object for display and long term storage. Prerequisite: CFP 103 Archaeological Laboratory Practices. This course is taught by Darrell Pinckney, a member of the American Institute of Conservation for Art and Antiquities. Click here to register.
INTRODUCTION TO CERAMIC RESTORATION & RESEARCH
Wednesdays, March 6 – April 3
No class March 20.
This course will introduce you to the vast world of ceramic mending and restoration, from antique to modern. You will learn how to research and identify ceramic objects and fragments (sherds) using resources developed by ceramic specialists and archaeologists. You will practice some of the techniques used to mend and restore historic and collectible ceramics. Hands-on activities include learning how to research and identify ceramics, and how to detect old repairs and plan for new ones. Materials: Student-supplied ceramic piece. 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.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD WORK PROGRAM
Mondays, April 1 – June 24
No class May 27.
This course gives students an opportunity to learn and/or enhance specific archaeological fieldwork skills. It is designed to train 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 20 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.
DEVELOPMENT OF THE BRITISH ARMY IN NORTH AMERICA
Wednesdays, April 3 – May 8
This introductory study of the British Army in North America from 1754 to 1815 will look at the cultural, organizational, and campaign history of the army focused on Upstate New York. This regional view will be shaped by the British Army’s involvement in three major wars: the French and Indian War in the mid-1700s, the Revolutionary War in the late 1700s, and the War of 1812. Students will work with both primary and secondary sources, along with original and reproduction equipment and uniforms. Primary resources will include Army manuals, letters, general orders and local archaeological objects. Students will engage in researching and presenting an aspect of the British Army they found of interest. A field trip has been planned for a Saturday – date TBA. This course is taught by Matthew Zembo, who has taught history and military history at Hudson Valley Community College for the past 15 years. He is currently a Ph.D. student in the War Studies Department at King’s College, London. Click here to register.
Saturday, April 13
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
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? Learn cleaning and reading methods at Vale Cemetery that work quite well. 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.
HISTORIC RESTORATION: CREATING LANDMARK BUILDINGS OUT OF RUINS
Mondays, April 15 – May 6
Beginning with America’s earliest colonies, the use of archaeology and historic restoration will be illustrated in their recreations which mirrored the builders’ homes in England. Following English building styles, the Dutch settlement of New York will begin in Fort Orange and cover our area’s earliest Dutch homes. A fascinating segment of early Dutch architecture can be found in Ulster County where French Huguenots brought their traditions after sheltering in both the Netherlands and Germany. Their influence will also extend to the circa 1720, stone fortified homesteads of the Mohawk Valley. These early building restorations will be followed by a discussion of the huge grassroots effort that went into the restoration of Proctors in Schenectady. The theater was built in 1926 by Mr. F. F. Proctor, who began his theater career as a circus acrobat. Details of how the theater was built using elaborate plaster and gold leaf will be discussed and how restoration was recently completed. This course is taught by Marilyn Sassi, who worked as a museum curator for many years and has extensive experience in the antique business.
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