Archaeology for Educators, Moriarty, Summer 2019

Course Number: EDU 5627 C13 (graduate) & EDU 4710 CFS21 (undergraduate)
Instructor: Matt Moriarty

Castleton University and the Helen W. Buckner Preserve in West Haven, VT

Dates and Times: June 24–28, 2019
3 graduate or undergraduate
Tuition: $975

Note: TUITION FOR THIS COURSE IS PAYABLE to the Vermont Archaeological Society (VAS). Register with VAS first, using the "Register online now" link below. VAS will then give you the link to Castleton's online registration form.

Course Description

This course introduces the science and practice of archaeology to educators through activities, discussion, and active participation in an ongoing archaeological dig.  Course participants will discuss conceptual approaches to interpreting the past, field and laboratory methods used by archaeologists, and the relationship between archaeology and other disciplines like history and ecology. Participants will be introduced to a wide range of potential activities and lessons for teaching archaeology in the classroom.

This course involves a hybrid of online and in-person instruction.  Readings and assignments will be available on Canvas in early June and can be completed independently and at the participant’s discretion.  During the week of June 24–28, participants will meet from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at Castleton University and at the dig site in West Haven, VT.  During this week, students will take part in ongoing fieldwork, participate in discussions with guest lecturers, and receive hands-on training in archaeological methods.  Following the field week, students will have a month to complete an independent final project developed in consultation with the course instructor.

Archaeological investigations are taking place on the Galick Farm property within The Nature Conservancy’s Helen W. Buckner Preserve at Bald Mountain in West Haven, VT.  The Buckner Preserve is one of the most biologically diverse settings in all of Vermont and is home to some of the state’s rarest or most endangered species.  Archaeological investigations are focusing on a Native American and historical Euro-American site with evidence of extensive human activity over the last 11,000 years. Participants should anticipate a moderate amount of hiking and physical work (with plenty of breaks!).  There are no formal bathroom facilities in the preserve; however, the town of Whitehall, NY is just ten minutes away by car.  Detailed directions and background information will be made available prior to the start of the course.

Audience: All K-12 educators.

Course Objectives

The goals of this course are:

  1. To introduce the science and practice of archaeology to educators.
  2. To highlight the connections between archaeology and fields like history, ecology, and other sciences.
  3. To provide tangible examples of how archaeology can be part of primary education.
  4. To present useful lesson plans and meaningful activities to educators.
  5. To focus attention on the importance of archaeological stewardship in education.

Required Readings

Required Readings/Texts: There are no required textbook purchases. Readings will be posted on Canvas as PDF files.

 Other Suggested Readings:

 Haviland, William A., and Marjory W. Power (1994) The Original Vermonters: Native Inhabitants, Past and Present.  Lebanon, NH: University Press of New England.

Frederick M. Wiseman (2001) The Voice of the Dawn: An Autohistory of the Abenaki Nation.  Lebanon, NH: University Press of New England.

Renfrew, Colin, and Paul Bahn (2015) Archaeology Essentials: Theories, Methods, and Practice.  London: Thames & Hudson.

For additional course, registration and payment information

Matt Moriarty
(802) 468-1047