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WFD&CE Archaeology

Fall 2021 Community Education Archaeology Courses

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View the Fall 2021 Community Education Course Book as a PDF.

Archaeological Research

September 1 – December 31
By Appointment
CRN# 90389
CFP 100-51 
Fee: $35
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. 


Independent Archaeology Project

September 1 – December 31 
By Appointment
CRN# 90388
CFP 101-51
Fee: $125
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. 


Recording and Archiving Archaeological Data

Tuesdays, September 14 – November 16
6-9 p.m.
CRN# 90467
CFP 107-51 
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. 


Textiles To Dye For

Wednesdays, September 22 – November 3
6-8:30 p.m.
CRN# 90908
CFP 138-51 
Fee: $125

In 17th and 18th century America, textiles were worth their weight in gold, second only to precious metals and gems, textiles were listed at enormous values on household inventories. Using primary sources, this 7-part series will begin in the 17th century and end in the 19th. All of the necessary fabrics within both wealthy and working-class households will be illustrated, including clothing, furnishings, and floor treatments.  Working through the 17th and 18th centuries and ending in the Industrial Revolution and factor-made goods, topics will include methods of production, using all-natural dyes, homespun and the luxury textiles of the upper classes. Textiles held such an important place in America that they influenced the social issues of the slave trade, indentured servants, and child labor. The last class will be a field trip to an early home in the Stockade where many of the examples covered will be displayed.


Gravestone Cleaning

Saturday, October 2
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
CRN# 90909
CFP 123-01 
Fee: $35

This course will be taught at Vale Cemetery, located at 907 State St., Nott Terrace, Schenectady, New York 12307. 
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. 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.