Ancient Archaeology

Ancient Archaeology

Archaeology is the window through which historians have been able to see the past by means of tangible evidence. In this class, students will learn about the practice of archaeology in the field, lab, and institutions, and how it contributes to historiography, or the way history is studied and written.

Through an exploration of archaeology and the Ancient World (prehistory to Ancient Rome), learners will discover unique and important sites and artifacts, explore history through places and objects, examine cases of fraud, and discuss ethical dilemmas pertaining to archaeological sites and artifact collections.

The instructor, Samantha Matalone Cook, MAT, will also share her personal experiences working both on sites and with archaeologists in museums.

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Class Duration:

January 27-April 21

Class Size: 5-10 learners

Age Range: 12-16

Total Price: $350
$395 with feedback add-on

Archaeology is the window through which historians have been able to see the past by means of tangible evidence. In this class, students will learn about the practice of archaeology in the field, lab, and institutions, and how it contributes to historiography, or the way history is studied and written.

Through an exploration of archaeology and the Ancient World (prehistory to Ancient Rome), learners will discover unique and important sites and artifacts, explore history through places and objects, examine cases of fraud, and discuss ethical dilemmas pertaining to archaeological sites and artifact collections.

The instructor, Samantha Matalone Cook, MAT, will also share her personal experiences working both on sites and with archaeologists in museums. Note that this class does require research and writing outside of the live classes, and will include individual projects. Instructor feedback and evaluation is available for this course*.

This class is eligible for 0.5 Social Studies high school credit upon completion of all assignments.

*All students receive constructive verbal feedback and encouragement during class discussions and presentations. Opting for instructor feedback and evaluation means that students will design a personal rubric with the instructor, send their assignments directly to the instructor for specific feedback, and receive an evaluation (and grade if requested) based on their work in the class. Students who do not choose this option should receive feedback and evaluation from their parent or guardian.

January 27-April 21 (12 weeks; no class March 24)
Live meetings Wednesdays at 12pm Eastern/11am Central/10am Mountain/9am Pacific

Internet access, Computer Microphone and Camera, Google Docs or Microsoft Word, Discord (optional)

Supplies for projects (will vary- suggested list will be provided).

3-4 including live meetings per week, extra time may be needed for optional projects

An interest in the subject and desire to participate in an online class! Some experience with research, writing, and class participation is helpful.

A deeper understanding of the topic, research, analysis, writing, drawing, historical thinking

Individual feedback available, most research assignments have choice built in, final project is student-driven.

Some students may be sensitive to ethical issues brought up during discussions of past archaeology excavations.

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