Archaeologists study past cultures through the careful recording of the surveyed or excavated remains of ancient architecture and artifacts. In this class, students will travel to Armenia to participate in summer fieldwork, where they will be exposed to archaeological methods and theories, the digital humanities, and information management in the field. Students will help with digging and digital data collection, and experiment with cutting-edge technologies such as 3D scanning, cloud computing, and high-precision GPS. Students will learn to excavate and will help lead excavation and recording with a team. This work is contextualised by a critical evaluation of current issues in cultural heritage and data sharing. Discussion will also focus on teaching the past and engaging the public in archaeology and tourism. Several fieldtrips to local sites will provide broad familiarity with the past in Armenia and the Near East. Pre-trip meetings prepare students for the field summer programme.
This course introduces foundational archaeological and cultural heritage theories and methods together with a basic outline of the past in the ancient Near East. Students will learn to excavate an archaeological site while participating in teamwork. The class will provide an international context for learning the interdisciplinary information practices used to study the past. Students will be exposed to innovative digital methods for recording and working with cultural heritage, while they learn how cultural heritage impacts contemporary society.
In the case where travel abroad is restricted, students will instead learn about information management and archaeology through undertaking online remote projects involving real archeological data.