The Southwest archaeological field school returned to Salinas, New Mexico for the fourth consecutive year to investigate Pueblo Seco, a large masonry pueblo occupied in the 12th and 13th centuries A.D. Eight students, a teaching assistant and directors Dr. Matthew Chamberlin and Dr. Julie Solometo spent 5 weeks examining construction, growth, and abandonment of the site through detailed mapping and excavations.
Fifteen students traveled with Dr. Liam Buckley on the 2010 Kenya Field School, researching agriculture, pastoral and urban life, living with Kenyan families and studying Swahili on a daily basis. Four students remained through August for internships and further fieldwork in Western Kenya. Sociology major Rachael Capone researched the ways Kenyan teenage mothers attempt to re-enter the school system. Anthropology major Amy Kelch studied local perceptions of American study abroad programs in Kenya.
Our department’s field schools provided an enriched learning experience of peoples and cultures, past and present, home and abroad. On the horizon is Dr. Laura Lewis’s study abroad - Britain and the Caribbean, July 2011. In this “London-based” course students first study British ideas about “race” and British colonialism in its Caribbean colonies. Students will study the history and culture of the British Caribbean, slavery in British colonies, the British abolition of the slave trade and the British abolition of slavery itself. Students will also learn about Caribbean independence, post-colonial Caribbean immigration to Britain, and the cultures and experiences of peoples in both Britain and the Caribbean.
Also on track for summer 2011, is a conservation field school in Cameroon led by Dr. Joshua Linder. Students will spend days in the forest learning to survey plants and animals and other methods used to assess biodiversity. They will live alongside local villagers, conduct cross-cultural interviews concerning knowledge of and attitudes towards wildlife and conservation, and help to develop an environmental education program in local schools.