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January 1 – May 31
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. 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
January 1 – May 31
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), required for their Certificates of Advanced Study in Community Archaeology. 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 23 – April 3
No class March 13
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.
ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE OCCULT AND NON-WESTERN CULTURE
Wednesdays, January 31-March 7
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.
RESEARCHING/INTERPRETING DOCUMENTS IN ARCHAEOLOGY
Thursdays, February 8-April 19
No class March 15
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.
INTRODUCTION TO CERAMIC RESTORATION & RESEARCH
Thursdays, April 5 – 26
This course will introduce you to the vast world of ceramic mending and restoration, from antique to modern. Students will learn how to research and identify ceramic objects and fragments (sherds) using resources developed by ceramic specialists and archaeologists. Students will also 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 repairs. Materials: Students supply ceramic piece to work with. 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
Tuesdays, April 10-June 19
No class May 22
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 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.
Saturday, April 14
10 a.m.-2 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? 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.
NATIVE AMERICANS AFTER EUROPEAN CONTACT
Mondays, March 26 – April 30
In this course students will learn about the social and economic challenges Native Americans faced as a result of contact with Europeans. Students will also explore how local native communities and their cultural practices have changed over the past 500 years while adapting to a changing world. This course is taught by Christopher Hopkins, who specializes in Northeastern Archaeology with an interest in heritage management. Click here to register.