Archaeology

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Archaeology Courses

 

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

Fee: $30
Instructor: Louise Basa
For Community Archaeology Program certificate 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. Click here to register.

 

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

Fee: $125
Instructor: Louise Basa
For Community Archaeology Program certificate students only.
This course is necessary for all Community Archaeology Program (CAP)certificate 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 (CASCA). Students must speak with an instructor before registering. Click here to register.

 

NATIVE AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGY
CRN# 91072
CFP 102-51
Tuesdays, September 10 – November 2
6-9 p.m.

Fee: $165
Instructor: Adam Lucier
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. Click here to register.

 

RESEARCHING/INTERPRETING DOCUMENTS IN ARCHAEOLOGY
CRN# 92030
CFP 108-51
Wednesdays, September 11 – November 13
6-9 p.m.

Fee: $165
Instructor: Louise Basa
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. Click here to register.

 

RECORDING AND ARCHIVING ARCHAEOLOGICAL DATA
CRN# 91390
CFP 107-51
Thursdays, September 12 – November 14
6-9 p.m.

Fee: $165
Instructor: Diana Carter
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. Click here to register.

 

ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE OCCULT AND NON-WESTERN CULTURE
CRN# 92031
CFP 126-51
Mondays, September 23 – October 28
6-8:30 p.m.

Fee: $125
Instructor: Darrell Pinckney
Students will study the material remains and belief systems of past subcultures and counter cultures of past societies that were hidden from the secular world. Topics include recent investigations of vampire burials, voodoo shamanism, witchcraft, divination, secret society symbolism, and more. This course will include lectures, a site visit, and a guest presentation. Click here to register.

 

EXPERIMENTAL ARCHAEOLOGY: REPLICATING EARLY TECHNOLOGIES 1
CRN# 92045
CFP 133-51
Wednesdays, October 9 – November 20
6-8:30 p.m.

Fee: $125
Instructor: Barry Keegan
Upon completion of this course students will see the artifacts of early technologies with a new set of eyes. Students will learn some of the crafts and specific skills necessary for daily life here before the introduction of European trade goods and settlers. Most of the crafts were learned at a young age and were refined throughout life with much practice. This course focuses on the process as well as the product of replication at a beginner’s level. The artifact types that students will replicate are stone projectile points, scrapers, drill, strike-a light, burin, pieces d’esquille, Celt or adz, and fire by friction-process/kit(s) which require the use of stone tools to make. Click here to register.

 

GRAVESTONE CLEANING
CRN# 91078
CFP 123-01
Saturday, October 12
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Fee: $35 Instructor: Melody Howarth
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. Click here to register.

 

ZOOARCHAEOLOGY: FAUNAL STUDIES
CRN# 91793
CFP 129-51
Tuesdays, November 5 – December 10
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Fee: $100
Instructor: Vivian James
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. Click here to register.