Sign up for ANT 103 at Trinidad State and you’ll spend five days a week for a month digging, mapping, surveying, sketching petroglyphs, and photographing known ancient native American sites as well as looking for more.
Students will work at the Medina Rock Shelter at JE Canyon Ranch (a Nature Conservancy property), an hour east of Trinidad. Indoor sleeping accommodations will be provided at no cost at a bunkhouse 45 minutes away (by four-wheel drive). Food will cost $20 a week. Students must bring their own toiletries, towel and bedding (or sleeping bag). Transportation will be provided from Trinidad, Colorado to the site each Monday morning and back to Trinidad each Friday evening.
Students must be prepared to hike long distances and spend all day in the sun. The weather may be hot and there may be stinging insects and snakes. Students will also need to bring a small shovel and field notebook. Students must be prepared to help with cooking and other chores. Cell service is available at the bunkhouse. The instructor is Kimberly Munro. She will oversee all field operations and provide two evening lectures a week on the history of the area, field methods and related topics to give students a true immersive archaeology foundation. This is the best way to learn the basic skills needed in archaeology.
The class is worth three credit-hours and will run Monday through Friday from June 3 to June 28, 2019. This is a guaranteed transfer class. The following week, July 1 through 5, students may also enroll in a companion class where artifacts found in the class will be cataloged and studied.
Instructor : Kimberly Munro, Ph.D.
Kimberly Munro is an Andean archaeologist with over a decade of experience working in Peru. She is the director of the Cosma Archaeological Project, a long-term research project involving excavation and survey, in the Andean central highlands, specifically in the Caceres District of Peru.
Kimberly earned a dual B.A. degree in Anthropology and Religious Studies in 2007 from Florida State University and also holds a M.S. in Geography (Geographic Information Sciences) from FSU. She attended Louisiana State University for her doctoral degree, and successfully defended her PhD dissertation.
She has previously taught World Archaeology and Cultural Anthropology at LSU, as well as taught archaeological methods in the field through the Cosma Archaeological Project field school. In addition to her excavations in the Central Andes, she previously spent several years working in Cultural Resource Management (CRM) for the National Park and National Forest services.
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Location : JE Canyon Ranch - Nature Conservancy
The study site is remote. Course will require students be able to hike several miles in rough/uneven terrain for extended periods of time. Students will need to carry equipment, gear, food, and specimens to/from the study site. Faculty and students will be outside most of each day. Weather conditions will vary. Expect long days of hot, dry, and sunny conditions. There is a possibility of encountering wild animals including biting/stinging insects, snakes, and the like.
A medical information sheet and medical release form will be required.
Accomodations : JE Canyon Ranch - Nature Conservancy
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Normal Tuition/Fees per credit hour
+ $20/week for food
Lodging and transportation (from Trinidad, Colorado) is FREE.
Course Details :
ANT 103 is a one credit hour “lab” class. Archaeology Laboratory: GT SS3
Studies analytical methods in archaeological research including those employed in the field and in the laboratory. This course utilizes practical exercises to illustrate theoretical principles of archaeology, including methods of archaeological survey, excavation, artifact analysis, collection strategies, mapping strategies, and field interpretation. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SS3 category.
SCI 105 is a 3 credit hour class. Science in Society: GT SC2
Examines issues relating to the way science interacts with society. A selection of issues from information technology, the environment and earth science, physics and astronomy, biology, medicine, and the interaction of science with politics will be examined, as informed by current events. Emphasis will be on research, inquiry, and critical analysis of science-related issues, including the negative and positive roles of science in society. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SC2 category.
Students can take both classes or one. Their choice. Both have Guaranteed Transfer designations meaning they can satisfy SC2 or SS3 requirements anywhere in the state of Colorado.
Transportation is provided. Daily commute is not practical. Students will live and study on-site.
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