SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES

Now is the time for summer course, internship, job, and field school applications to start going in. I will start posting information here.

Binghamton University Archaeological Field School
http://www.binghamton.edu/anthropology/undergraduate/2015-fieldschool.html
Earn college credit.
This year, excavations will be at a Prehistoric site in Campville, NY.

Binghamton University Community Archaeology Program
http://cap.binghamton.edu/
Volunteer program, scholarships for kids and teens available.
Programs for kids (5, 6, 7th grade), teens, and adults.

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Doing Anthropology at Community Colleges

Over the past few years, my goal as an anthropology instructor at a community college is not necessarily to train the next generation of anthropologists (although that would be REALLY great and I am completely up for that challenge).

My goal has been to get students who are taking my courses to start “thinking like an anthropologist.” That means that I hope to help students learn how to apply anthropological perspectives to whatever their chosen career might be.

The American Anthropological Association’s “Anthropology  News” just published this article from the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges on the importance of providing anthropology students with opportunities to apply anthropological concepts to real world concepts.

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http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2014/09/23/from-a-survey-of-anthropology-to-actually-applying-it/

Is it possible for students at Community Colleges to get involved in anthropology? I may be completely biased, but I sure hope so! And I think my students are proving me right! Last year, my archaeology students worked on a class project that have focused on using technology to disseminate knowledge about local heritage and history. In a biological anthropology labs, students brainstormed to tackle a public health issue – namely, how can we address issues of malnutrition in our local community? These types of class projects and exercises help students understand that an elective or core course requirement can provide new perspectives on approaching very real concerns – no matter what their ultimate choice in career might be.

For more reading, I highly recommend these sites:

Anthropology: Worst Major for Corporate Tool, Best Major to Change Your Life

Anthropology Skills

This is Anthropology – A prezi site!

Convocation Day 2014

On the eve of Convocation Day 2014, the Anthro Closet was filled with all sorts of technology.

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After a late night on campus, I’ve set up the room, and am ready to bring the computers and tablets in –  first thing in the morning. With some student help, we’ll be able to put the pop-up display.

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Just in case you’re wondering what I will be doing in the workshop,  there’s a table to do vessel analysis, which participants can compare to my favorite video of all time – a “Sgraffito in 3D” online exhibit.  There will be two touch screens out, with prezis, relational powerpoints, and other activities for people to do.  There will be a guestbook – we’ll be trying out our drawing tablet –  and requests for information about the almshouse.

Oh, and Taylor has been running around campus today, getting ready to distribute her surveys. She’s already gotten back quite a few. I’m excited that she’ll be able to do this for Convocation Day.

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Hope to see a great turnout tomorrow!  NSC 101, 9-10:30. It’s a self-guided workshop, so come when you can!

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UPDATE 5/1/2014:

The Historic Preservation Workshop was a great success. Over 60 guests attended – including a few faculty participants.

 

Guests trying out different presentations - such as Prezis and Relational powerpoints.

Guests trying out different presentations – such as Prezis and Relational powerpoints.

Guests conduct a "traditional" laboratory exercise - a vessel analysis, then compare it to digital exhibits on ceramic analysis. Which is more interesting? From which would you learn more about ceramics? Which is more costly to produce?

Guests conduct a “traditional” laboratory exercise – a vessel analysis, then compare it to digital exhibits on ceramic analysis. Which is more interesting? From which would you learn more about ceramics? Which is more costly to produce?

 

The temporary exhibit is  covered with a wide variety of QR codes - each of which allows visitors to choose the type of experience they want. Visitors can choose between digital walking tours, online exhibits, video presentations, and online surveys. Rebecca (center) is looking at a study in ceramic reconstruction.

The temporary exhibit is covered with a wide variety of QR codes – each of which allows visitors to choose the type of experience they want. Visitors can choose between digital walking tours, online exhibits, video presentations, and online surveys. Rebecca (center) is looking at a study in ceramic reconstruction, while another guest (far right) is doing something else. (?)

An Anthropology Club for SUNY Broome?

There has been some interest in forming an Anthropology Club at SUNY Broome?  Any interest?

An anthropology club would include all subfields, including:

  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Linguistic Anthropology
  • Applied Anthropology

So the types of events could be very varied, indeed!  Ethnic food pot lucks? Trips to museums? Atlatl throwing competition?

Any ideas? What would you like to see happen? Possible names or logos? Films? Guest speakers? Experimental archaeology?

If you are interested, comment or send a note to Lynda Carroll at CarrollLA1@sunybroome.edu.

 

 

The Public Archaeology Facility Visits SUNY Broome Campus

Today, students from the Spring 2014 Anthropology 112 – Introduction to Archaeology class were visited by archaeologist Daniel Seib from the Public Archaeology Facility (PAF) of Binghamton University. Daniel is a Project Director, and is in charge of directing some of the archaeological field investigations within a Cultural Resource Management context. Image 

What is Cultural Resource Management?

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 Last year, before work could begin on SUNY Broome’s new student housing project, archaeological investigations had to be conducted to determine if any archaeological resources would be affected. We knew that the Broome County Almshouse used to be located on the campus, so PAF was especially interested in investigating whether archaeological remains associated with the old Broome County Almshouse would be affected by construction. Archaeologists spent just over a week working at SUNY Broome. Trenching discovered part of the old dormitory building.

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Seib showed students historic maps, illustrations, and some photographs, which showed how the almshouse complex changed since the 1870s. 

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Not sure what the Broome County Almshouse was? Come back in a few weeks and take a look at some of the student projects we are working on this semester! This year, our class Cultural Heritage Project will focus on using technology to get the community involved in understanding local heritage. And students decided that the Almshouse would be a great example to focus on!

Students will conduct interviews with local preservationists and historians, look through archives, and conduct online research.

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