Spring 2020 Community Education Courses

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Archaeology Courses

January 1 – May 19
By Appointment

CRN# 10449
CFP 100-51
Fee: $35
Instructor: Louise Basa
For Community Archaeology Program certificate students only. Students must speak with an instructor before registering.
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. Click here to register.

January 1 – May 19
By Appointment

CRN# 10450
CFP 101-51
Fee: $125
Instructor: Louise Basa
For Community Archaeology Program certificate students only. Students must speak with an instructor before registering.
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). Click here to register.

Mondays, January 27 – April 6
6-9 p.m.

CRN# 11061
CFP 103-51
Fee: $165
Instructor: Darrell Pinckney
No class: March 16
This course gives students an opportunity to enhance their laboratory skills by learning to further analyze artifacts for identification, laboratory processing, and some preventive conservation. Artifacts from selected archaeological sites will be used; with a concentration on the manufacturing, processing, and identification for a variety of organic and inorganic objects. Sessions will include lectures, visual media, demonstrations, two field trips, a guest lecture and hands-on activities in the lab. Prerequisite: CFP 102 Native American Archaeology or CFP 106 Historical Archaeology. Click here to register.

Wednesdays, January 29 – April 8
6-9 p.m.

CRN# 10451
CFP 108-51
Fee: $165
Instructor: Louise Basa
No class: March 18
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.

Thursdays, January 30 – April 9
6-9 p.m.

CRN# 10642
CFP 106-51
Fee: $165
Instructor: Diana Carter
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. Click here to register.

Tuesdays, February 11 – March 31
6-8:30 p.m.

CRN# 11084
CFP 136-51
Fee: $125
Instructor: Barry Keegan
No class: March 17
Learn some of the specific skills necessary for daily life here before the introduction of European trade goods and settlers. This is the second of three hands-on courses that focus on the process as well as the product of replication of various artifact types used by Native Americans at a beginner’s level. Most of the early technology crafts were learned at a very young age and were refined throughout life. In this course, students will replicate native fiber cord/string/rope, native pottery and the firing of clay pots authentically in an outdoor setting. Click here to register.

Tuesdays, April 7 – May 19
6-8:30 p.m.

CRN# 11062
CFP 115-51
Fee: $125
Instructor: Marilyn Sassi
This course features works created for the clothing, home, workplace and quality of life through three centuries. Textiles, needlework, paintings, three-dimensional objects and wall treatments will be studied as well as their histories and fully illustrated production methods. Details of fabric production, including the labor-intensive processing of flax, wool and natural dyeing, will explain how valuable textiles were in home inventories. First printed and embroidered materials will also be covered. Needlework will begin with the 16th century Unicorn Tapestries and continue through 19th century samplers, quilts and coverlets. Folk art will be represented with the first paintings produced in America. Two hundred years before the camera, portraits led the way followed by “the golden age of American folk art” circa 1830-50. During this period the simplest, utilitarian objects were beautifully crafted and embellished with color and design. Wall treatments will begin with the first findings of tooled, gilded leather and include the history of wallpaper, painted murals and stenciled walls. Click here to register.

Wednesdays, April 15 – May 20
6-8:30 p.m.

CRN# 11083
CFP 135-51
Fee: $125
Instructor: Matthew Zembo
This course will look at the development of warfare as waged between European colonists and Native Americans in the British colonies in North America. Students will study the manners and customs of warfare amongst the various Native American Nations and Europeans at first contact. The course will also look at the development of warfare in North America and the unique hybridization influencing European and Native American styles of warfare. Students will have a better understanding of the struggles between the European powers and Native Americans as they sought colonial dominance in North America. 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 archaeological objects. Students will engage in researching and presenting an aspect of Colonial Warfare they found of interest. The course will include a Saturday field trip. Click here to register.

Thursdays, April 16 – May 21
6-8:30 p.m.

CRN# 11082
CFP 134-51
Fee: $125
Instructor: Jessica Nelson
Students will delve into some of the people and things that made the Dutch colony of New Netherland so unique on the colonial American landscape. Students will draw on a combination of translated documents, archaeological materials, and academic sources to visit the famous and everyday New Netherlanders who settled in the Hudson Valley and built their lives in this new West India Company colony. The class will explore what it meant to be a small colony established by a trading company in 17th century America, explore the diverse colonial population who lived here, and explore the archaeological assemblages they left behind. Students will be encouraged to contribute their own questions, topics, and projects to the course as they uncover this Dutch chapter in our local and regional history. Click here to register.

Mondays, April 20 – June 29
6-9 p.m.

CRN# 10452
CFP 109-51
Fee: $165
Instructor: Adam Luscier
No class: May 25
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 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. Click here to register.

Saturday, May 2
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

CRN# 11110
CFP 123-01
Fee: $35
Instructor: Melody Howarth
This course will be taught at Vale Cemetery, located at 907 State St., Nott Terrace, Schenectady, N.Y., 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 her 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.