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Archaeology

ARCH 237 (W; 4th Sem Lang) Introduction to Syro-Palestinian Archaeology (1)

An introduction to the history and current directions of archaeological research in the Holy Land, concentrating on modern Jordan, Israel and Syria. Particular emphasis will be placed on the relationship between archaeological research and biblical studies.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered; Fourth Semester Language Requirement

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: McCreery

ARCH 337 (W) Archaeological Methodology

An overview of the current state of archaeological research in the Middle East, concentrating on the techniques used in surveys, excavations and the interpretation of archaeological material. The course is designed to introduce students to the more technical side of archaeological research and provide the background needed for participation in a middle eastern archaeological field project.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing Centered

Prerequisite: ARCH 237

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: McCreery

ARCH 355 Archaeology Field School

This four- to six-week summer archaeology field school provides intensive, on-site training in archaeological methods and techniques in conjunction with the Sangro Valley Project, a joint archaeological project of Willamette University, Oberlin College and Oxford University (www.sangro.org) in the Samnite/Roman region of the middle Sangro Valley in the Abruzzo, Italy.  The excavation emphasizes a holistic environmental approach to archaeological inquiry.  As such, in addition to daily instruction on excavation theory, technique and recovery, course lectures and fieldwork will emphasize a variety of topics including topographical survey techniques, stratigraphy, ceramic typology, geomorphology, and paleobotany.  Visits to regional archaeological sites and museums will provide a broader cultural and historical background of the Abruzzo.

  • Offered: Mid-June to Mid-August
  • Instructor: Pike

ARCH 390 Independent Study (variable credits)

This course provides an opportunity to conduct a major research project which cannot be satisfied through any existing course in the major’s curriculum.  The project must be supervised by a Willamette faculty member. Proposed projects must be submitted to the Archaeology Program Coordinator and must be approved by the Archaeology Program’s core faculty.

  • Offered: On demand
  • Instructor: Staff

ARCH 394 Internship in Archaeological Studies (1)

This course is designed to promote student involvement in the community and to create opportunities for students to conduct archaeological investigations.  The faculty-supervised internships will provide students with opportunities to interpret archaeological data within a professional context. Interns will be placed in organizations utilizing archaeological skills in academic or non-academic settings including government agencies, cultural resource management firms, non-profit organizations, tribal governments and museums. Interns are expected to work 12 hours a week, meet regularly with the instructor and write a final research paper that concerns some aspect of the material culture that was processed during the internship.

  • Offered: On demand
  • Instructor: Staff

ARCH 498 Advanced Archaeology Field School (1)

This four- to six-week course offers advanced training in archaeological field techniques, theory and recording. Students may participate in either the Sangro Valley Project or another archaeological excavation.  Students will work closely with senior excavation staff to coordinate, manage and supervise excavations and/or survey teams. Students are responsible for the daily upkeep of field books, recording logs, section drawings, and data entry. Students will develop and write summaries for each context they oversee. In many instances, participants will work alongside first-year field archaeology students and assists in the training of basic field techniques and methodology. Students will be required to keep a journal of their experience and write a substantial research paper relating their excavation to an important and relevant archaeological question. Students must consult with their advisor before enrolling in the Advanced Archaeology Field School.

  • Offered: On demand
  • Instructor: Pike

ARCH 499 Archaeology Senior Experience Project (1)

This capstone course provides students with the framework to design, collect data, interpret and compose an independent senior research thesis.  Each student will consult with his or her thesis advisor to develop a suitable research topic, methodology and timetable to effectively carryout the research goals.  At the end of the semester students will complete their thesis and deliver a public presentation of their work.

  • Offered: On demand
  • Instructor: Staff