Adventures in Archaeology

Summer 2017 (Second Session)
Credits per quarter

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This program will introduce students to the science, methods, and theories of archaeology, both globally and locally. For the global component, we will examine the material remains of past civilizations, including architecture, artifacts, mortuary remains, and written sources. Our investigation takes us, virtually, to every corner of the globe and to many different periods in history, from the Mediterranean to Easter Island, and from the Neolithic Middle East to Colonial America. Primarily, we explore how the remains of past civilizations provide archaeologists and historians with clues that unlock the secrets of ancient societies. Students will gain a broad understanding of global prehistory and history, the rise and fall of civilizations, and human impact on the environment throughout history. We will examine how humans lived (the development of urbanism), how they organized their societies (experiments in politics), what they ate (hunter-gatherer to agriculture), how they worshiped (religion and myth), how they treated others (warfare and sacrifice), and how they explained the inexplicables of human existence (such as the afterlife). This course will also consider the history of the discipline and the ethics of archaeological inquiry.

The local component of this offering includes work with local archaeologists, archaeological sites, and museums: multiple field trips, including a behind-the-scenes trip to the Burke Museum and the Squaxin Museum, will explore the region's archaeological treasures. We will also visit archaeological sites such as the Mud Bay site, and students may (pending a permit) be able to engage in archaeological survey and/ or excavation themselves. Students will meet archaeologists who work for universities, museums, state agencies, and independently, and will be introduced to the variety of careers archaeologists occupy. Students may also work in the Evergreen archaeology lab, conserving, studying, and researching many of the artifacts found at a local historical site. A research presentation tailored to students' specific interests will be the capstone of this program. This program assumes no prior knowledge of archaeology, and will be of interest to any student wishing to learn more about the ancient world, history, or who is interested in pursuing archaeological fieldwork in the future. Students should note that this program is taught on a condensed schedule from August 14th to September 1st. Variable credit options for this offering are possible, and should be discussed with the instructor.

Students interested in taking this program for 4 credits can contact the faculty for more information and permission to register.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in: Anthropology, archaeology, history, teaching.

Online learning:
  • Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers < 25% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.

$66 fee for entrance fees and field supplies

Scheduled for: Day

Located in: Olympia

Advertised schedule:

Condensed schedule: August 14th-September 1st

Mon-Thu, 9 am - 3 pm

2017-05-304 credit option added
2017-04-10Session Change: Now offered second session