The field school program involves survey, excavation at several Maya sites, and laboratory experience working directly with excavated Maya artifacts. Field techniques, lectures on Maya culture history and instruction concerning artifact analysis are provided during each session. Learn archaeological techniques, visit ancient ruins and earn HSU units in these two courses:
- ANTH 306, 3 units: Cultures of Belize
This course examines Belizean cultures, history and development. Students will study the impacts of ethnicity, class and gender experiences in various cultural practices, and examine the concepts of cultural identity and ethnic diversity in Belize.
- ANTH 357, 3 units: Field Archaeology
The principal focus of the course will be instruction in techniques required for field research. Students will learn how to map using different techniques (i.e. tape and compass, Total Mapping Station, and Global Positioning System). Field training will be supplemented by lectures. Subjects vary but generally cover excavation objectives, lithic analysis, ceramic analysis, osteological analysis, Mesoamerican warfare, and Maya prehistory.
- ANTH 339, 3 units: Field Primatology in Costa Rica
- ANTH 339, 3 units: Ecological Research & Conservation in the Tropics
The Costa Rica Primate Field Program provides an opportunity for students to study in a unique region of the world and to practice anthropological concepts and techniques. The program will take place at the La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica. The three week intensive program will be offered to all qualified Humboldt State University students, as well as to qualifying students from other institutions.
- ANTH 485, 2 Units: Ethnobotany & Basket Weaving
This is a special topics course, which will include travel to the Klamath/Salmon River area for a weekend to meet with and learn from members of the Karuk Indigenous Basket Weavers and California Indian Basket Weavers Association.
The Medieval Bioarchaeology Field Program in Poland is a unique opportunity to excavate and analyze human remains from a medieval mortuary at Bezławki, in north eastern Poland. This site was the territory of Old Prussians, a pagan peoples who resisted conversion into Christianity for many centuries to be finally conquered by the Teutonic Knight Order. The Bezławki mortuary dates to around the 13th century AD, which is within about 50-100 years of the conversion to Christianity. Accordingly, burials have the potential of representing an interesting mix of Pagan and Christian rituals. The site has already yielded 60 adult, juvenile and infant skeletons with a variety of pathologies and trauma.
This program is an intensive and rewarding experience. You will work side-by-side with Polish archaeologist and HSU instructors to locate and excavate burials – you will learn field methods such as leveling, revealing grave shape, excavation, and mapping. You will also learn about human osteology and pathology through analyzing remains at the lab and producing biological profiles of the individuals. You will also learn about Polish history and culture, tour historical sites such as castles and churches, and experience life in a country that has been a crossroads of central Europe for hundreds of years.
This six-unit program consists of two courses.
- ANTH 485, Poland Bioarchaeology Field Prep (3 units) - an online course to prepare students for the field program.
- ANTH 339, Bioarchaeology: Poland, (3 units) will take place in Poland from July 5-23, 2015.