Re: [SACC-L] archaeology technology programs
- Bob, Have a look at Hocking College in Ohio. They used to have a program that was along the lines you've described. I don't know if its still around.
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From: Bob Muckle <bmuckle@...>
Sent: Thu, Aug 25, 2011 19:59:58 GMT+00:00
Subject: [SACC-L] archaeology technology programs
I'm seeking information on archaeology technology programs - somewhere a student can go and achieve some sort of certificate or diploma that essentially works to get them entry level employment in archaeology; and the potential to ladder to BA degrees. I want to write about it. I want to examine some 'best practices' and discuss the usefulness of the programs.
I've always thought they were a great idea but fear they may be disappearing. I am thinking in particular of the most-excellent Archaeology Technology Program at Cabrillo run for so many years at Cabrillo College under the direction of Rob Edwards. I recall it was in danger of being lost, and a quick perusal of the internet brought up nothing recent on it (Interestingly though, i see there is course in the current calendar called the History and Anthropology of Beer).
I've been thinking about this in the context of having some very good former students who really excel at field and lab work, but aren't really interested in the higher level project design, supervising large crews, writing articles, etc. It seems rather unfair that in many instances, students need to get at least a BA before they can get employment, especailly when the entry level wages for archaeology field workers is usually abysmal.
My internet search also brough up what appears to be an excellent program at Northwest College in Wyoming, directed by Greg Smith (who I think is a SACC member).
There also is, or was, a fairly well known program from a college, I think in Pennsylvania. If anybody knows this, please let me know.
If anybody has knowledge, or thoughts about these programs, please let me know, on-list or off.
Also, if is familiar with any colleges or unviersities that have cut archaeology field schools in recent years, I'd be interested in that as well.
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