As part of the Spring 2013 Introduction to Archaeology class, BCC students learned about archaeological sites and how they are part of our cultural heritage. For their final project, they were asked to consider local cultural heritage, and design a project that would encourage the local community to learn more about that resource.
Students were encouraged to focus on a wide variety of heritage spaces, such as a building, a landscape, or neighborhoods. They could consider an archaeological site, a unique row of houses from a specific time period, a regional food, a unique musical style, or even a local legend or oral histories.
The only limitation was that there had be a spatial component to that resource – such as the landscape or the physical boundaries of the resource.
Students were asked to also consider the economics of preserving cultural heritage. Could their project bring some economic advantage to the area – such as development, cultural events, new business ventures, or even tourism?
Students were allowed to ask for a grant budget of up to $1 million. Viable projects, however, are not necessarily the most expensive projects. Rather, strong proposals should encourage sustainability and community involvement. A project that is wasteful of resources and funds will probably not be well received.
In our final class, students presented their proposals, as if they were involved in a grant application process. Proposals were reviewed by the course instructor, as well as peers in the class.
You can find some of the powerpoint presentations on the next page.