Students will enroll in two classes, each configured for 5 credit hours. The core course and the one for which students must register is Anthropology 140: Field Methods in Archaeology. Students may then register for either Anthropology 145: Laboratory Methods in Archaeology or History 290: Selected Topics: From the Neolithic to the New Republic.
ANTHROPOLOGY 140 (click for more details)
5 credit hours
Introduces the techniques and theory of field archaeology through actual excavation of prehistoric and historic field archaeological sites and work with actual artifacts and other materials from those sites. Check the anthropology lab or Quarterly for listings of the timing and location of archaeological field schools. (1 lecture hour, 8 lab hours)
Students will receive both lecture and hands-on instruction in the techniques and principals of archaeological field investigation. This will be supported by readings from a textbook on method and theory as well as a specially prepared manual for this project. Additional reinforcement and instruction will come from field visits to other archaeological sites and collections in the Czech Republic with optional forays into Slovakia, Austria, Poland, Germany, and Hungary (all within 4 hours of our field headquarters). Evaluation will be made on: (1) mastery of concepts at a beginning field level, (2) ability to apply concepts in hands-on environments, (3) participation in required program activities, including trips and lectures.
ANTHROPOLOGY 290 (click for more details)
Field Laboratory in Archaeology
5 credit hours
Introduces the techniques and theory of archaeological field laboratory processing and related issues through hands-on experience and lecture. Individual projects may center around particular interests related to the material recovered during the field excavations. (2 lecture hours, 6 lab hours)
Students will receive both lecture and hands-on training pertaining to the processing, identification, and processing of archaeological material culture as practiced in a field laboratory. This will be supported by readings from an internationally recognized text as well as a manual especially prepared for this project. Additional reinforcement will be provided by Czech specialists and visits to Czech museums and archaeological laboratory facilities. Additional visits to facilities in neighboring nations may also be arranged, pending availability of personnel from these institutions. Evaluation of students will be based on (1) participation in course-related activities, (2) completion of a predetermined number of practicum hours in laboratory (minimally 40), (3) maintenance of appropriate journal and record forms to demonstrate student work, and (4) demonstrated competence and safety with fundamental laboratory procedures.
HISTORY 290 (click for more details)
Selected Topics in History: From the Neolithic to the New Republic: A Survey of Czech History and Culture
(5 credit hours)
A survey of the development of societies in central Europe with a special focus on the area of the Moravian Gate. This major transportation corridor links societies founded on Baltic coast resources and conditions with those founded on the resources and conditions of the northern Adriatic. The connecting territories have traditionally been crossroads for economic, political, social, and military change as demonstrated by archaeological and historical sources. At the center of the Moravian Gate lies what today is known as the Czech Republic, once known as Czechoslovakia, and previously known as Moravia and Bohemia. This course pieces together the long histories of change that have shaped the modern world we see today. (2 lecture hours, 1 discussion hour, 3+ field hours)
Students will explore course issues through lecture, field visits to cultural centers, and discussions with Czech scholars and students. They will also see the development of social groups and societies firsthand through participation in the joint Czech-American archaeological explorations at Rmiz near Laskov, a site containing substantial archaeological and historical material from the past 6,000 years. This methodology will be supported by a collection of readings specially selected for the purposes of this course by American and Czech scholars (all readings will be in English). Evaluation will be based on participation in course activities including discussions and question-answer sessions, maintenance of a journal recording personal as well as cultural experiences and a preparation of a final critical essay.