Local Archaeology Opportunities

Looking for an archaeology field school this summer?  Binghamton University is offering an Archaeological Field School (Anth 372 & 580T)!  The couse runs as both an undergraduate and graduate course.

Anth 372/580T is offered as a 6-credit, Summer Term III course designed to prepare students for a career in archaeology. Students will receive training in archaeological survey, excavation, research, and lab processing of artifacts.

The field school curriculum complements a wide range of programs in the social sciences, art history, and cultural studies. Students looking for upper level courses in anthropology or summer electives would benefit from this class as well. We welcome continuing education students and housing is available for those who do not live in the immediate area.

For more information, visit http://www.binghamton.edu/anthropology/undergraduate/2014-fieldschool.html

 

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If you are interested in doing archaeology, but not for credit, the Public Archaeology Facility at Binghamton University also runs a Community Archaeology Program – for kids, teens, and adults.  This is a one week program for people to get a chance to work on an archaeological site, side by side with professional archaeologists.

http://cap.binghamton.edu

 

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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Anthropology at SUNY Broome Convocation Day

On April 8th, SUNY Broome will be hosting its Convocation Day event.  This year’s topic is “How Technology is Making Us Smarter,” and centered around speaker Clive Thompson’s book, “Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better.”

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SUNY Broome adjunct Lynda Carroll will be presenting a workshop called “The Future of the Past: Cultural Heritage and Historic Preservation Using New Technologies.” This workshop will focus on the use of technology (such as digital technology, 3D scanning, smartphone tours, and social media) as a way to improve awareness of and engagement in public archaeology, heritage and historic preservation efforts.

This workshop will feature an interactive display that is currently curated by the Public Archaeology Facility at Binghamton University, and is being used for local community outreach and heritage preservation efforts. Most recently, it is being used as part of Endicott’s Little Italy Walking Tour, and The Vestal Museum’s current exhibit “Archaeology: What You Always Wanted to Know But Didn’t Know Where To Ask.”

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 In addition, the workshop will highlight some of the on-going work of students from SUNY Broome Community College’s Anthropology 112 course. This semester, students are working on two projects about the Broome County Almshouse. They will be focusing on the use of technology and social media as a way to engage the the SUNY Broome student body and the more general public in Public Archaeology, and awareness in local Cultural Heritage and Cultural Resources.

 

CSI: SUNY Broome

Anthropology 113 lab sections got a chance to practice some forensic anthropology. They were presented with the following scenario, then asked to analyze a series of bones which were used to simulate an area of investigation.

Case Study:
A father and son were hunting on their upstate New York property, near a ravine. Near the bottom of the ravine, they noticed something unusual. When they approached they realized there were a collection of human bones on the surface. They immediately notified the local sheriff’s office.

In addition to the local sheriff’s office, a coroner and a physical anthropologist from the local university were brought to the site, immediately, to investigate. The area first identified by the hunters was called Area 1 (below). After a quick investigation of the site, a larger area with human remains was found beginning about 30 feet towards the east (Area 2). Finally, a small concentration of bones were found about 35 feet to the southwest, and further up the ravine’s slope (Area 3).

Your assignment is to act as the forensic anthropologist and make your report for the sheriff’s office, and provide your professional opinion, in case you need to testify in a court of law.

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Anthropology in the New Science Center

Courses begin tomorrow.  Faculty and staff have been moving into the new Science Center on the SUNY Broome Campus.

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This semester, Anthropology 113 – Intro to Biological Anthropology – will be having their laboratory sections in the new facility. This is very exciting!

 

 

We have some dedicated work and storage space, even, for Anthropology! Room 215, the Anthropology Storage Closet and tea station.

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It may not look like much now, but for me, it’s a really big step towards having some great supplies to teach BCC’s lab courses in Bioanthropology and Archaeology in the way that they need to be. While I don’t want to provide a list on here for the hoards of potential scientific supply thieves out there, I can honestly say that the students at BCC will have a really good variety of lab equipment, decent skeletons of a wide range of age groups, field equipment, and other fun things!

As you can see, we have received some Bone Clone skulls. My favorite has to be the “Conquistador Skull with embedded axe.”
I am thinking of putting this on their test.

Question #30: What is the cause of death for this individual? Please be as specific as possible.

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Have a great semester, everyone!