CAAS 405 - Field Studies
Section: 101
Term: SP 2008
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Junior standing.
Other Course Info:
W in West Africa.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Holl,Augustin F C

The field Studies course provides students with an opportunity to participate in unique, original, and exciting research in West Africa. Students will be trained in fundamental methods and techniques of archaeological survey, excavation, artifact recording, data analysis, map drafting. They will participate in an ongoing research project of the "Sine Ngayene archaeological project" (SNAP) in South Central Senegal, entitled "CRAFT SPECIALIZATION, MORTUARY PRACTICES, AND SOCIAL DIFFERENTIATION: ARCHAEOLOGY OF SENEGAMBIAN MEGALITHS." Field training is integrated with lectures on archaeological methods and theory, and the Archaeology of West Africa. Data processing sessions introduce students to the analysis of archaeological artifacts, pottery, animal bones, stone tools as well as plant remains. Each student is required to take notes on a daily basis that are read and commented on at the end of each week. The students will later use these notes to write an extensive 30-40 pages report. For those who may be interested a complementary "Archaeology Laboratory Studies" course is offered after the field season. In this sense, students will learn more about the long term curation of archaeological materials in museums contexts.

Course requirements: Daily excavation notes and a 30-40 page research report.

Intended audience: Undergraduates with concentration in Anthropology, Archaeology, Afroamerican and African studies. Hours per week and

Format: Eight hours/day, Five days/week, six weeks.

Base: Ngayene Field Station. Field Season: May 15 - July 1st,.

Cost: $ 2,000 (including airfares, and transportation in Senegal. On the field, housing and food are funded by the project)

CAAS 405 - Field Studies
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101 (LAB)
Note: This field school takes place in West Africa.
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