Topic ID #34336 - posted 12/29/2014 4:55 PM

Allegheny Valley Project - SUNY JCC Field School 2015


SUNY Jamestown Community College is once again offering a 6-Credit field school in conjunction with the Allegheny Valley Project in southwestern New York State. The field school runs Monday through Saturday 8AM to 5PM with an hour lunch, from July 6 to August 13, 2015. The course will provide instruction and experience in archaeological field and laboratory methods, within a multidisciplinary scientific framework.

This is our third year working at an Allegheny Iroquois village site called Bockmier 1, dated to around AD 1250. Last year we began mapping out a longhouse, revealing a series of hearths and post molds. We also recovered several large sections of ceramic vessels within a cylindrical storage pit, and archaeobotanical remains. Some of the methodological topics to be covered in the field training include geophysical survey methods (focusing on gradiometer survey), site layout, excavation techniques, soil sampling, plan and profile mapping, artifact processing, identification and analysis. We will also cover research design, archaeological theory and ethics in practice, floral and faunal study, classification, proxy research, dating techniques and heritage preservation.

Bockmier 1 is located on a certified organic farm along the Allegheny River in the scenic Allegheny Plateau region of southwestern New York. There is a short (1/5 mile) hike from parking to the site. Wildlife is abundant, and rugged hills are carpeted in lush green forest. Summers in this region are generally mild, but can be humid or rainy. The average high temperature for July is 79º F (26º C).

Due to a JCC Experiential Learning initiative, tuition is deeply discounted this year:  $372 for New York residents, $744 for non-residents. Students are responsible for travel to and from Allegany, NY, and room and board are not included in tuition. Bus lines are available from airports in New York City and Buffalo. Assistance with arrangements for travel and accommodations is available upon request. The field school is limited to 15 students, and the registration deadline is July 3. 

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CMP   CRN          SBJ       CR HRS    FEES    COURSE TITLE
JM     4442     ANTH 2010      6             N/A     Archaeological Field School
Tuition amount: just $372 for NYS residents, $744 for out-of-state residents

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