Jezreel Valley Regional Project Archaeology and History of a Regional Landscape

Student Learning Outcomes

3- and 6-credit Options

Both the 3-credit and 6-credit course options are designed to facilitate the following learning outcomes. Details concerning the topics and the types of instruction can be found below and in the detailed calendar below.

• Gain a basic understanding of the archaeological and historical background of the broad region in which the field school operates.

• Assess the success and failures of different archaeological methods over the last 150 years of archaeology in the region.

• Learn to recognize and distinguish a number of archaeological methods, and when to implement them appropriately.

• Appraise what comprises an archaeological site, and discern the appropriate methods for locating sites.

• Examine geomorphological and site-formation processes that affect the archaeological record and excavation strategies.

• Discover the principles of stratigraphy, and gain experience producing stratigraphic schema.

• Learn the sequence and procedures for archaeological field excavation:

o Field safety

o Equipment use and maintenance

o Mapping technologies, including tape/compass, theodolite, total station

o Manual and electronic grid layout

o Manual excavation techniques

o Context definition and excavation

• Gain practical knowledge of recording practices used in excavation:

o Horizontal plan and vertical section documenting and drawing

o Context recording

o Artifact and ecofact plotting

o Field drawing and photography

• Study dating techniques in order to determine relative and absolute chronology.

• Investigate a variety of laboratory-based studies, their procedures, and benefits for archaeological documentation and interpretation:

o Ceramics

o Archaeobotanical remains

o Small finds

o Lithics

o Human osteology

o Archaeozoology

• Experience laboratory activities conducted on a variety of samples:

o Artifact illustration

o Artifact photography

o Artifact and ecofact conservation

o Botanical and geological sample processing

• Learn to create, manage, and use data.

• Understand how to write excavation reports.

• Explore the potential applications of ethnography and experimental practices for archaeology.

• Examine the importance of ethical practices in archaeology, and the necessity of engaging cultural heritage.


Further, 6-credit course participants will:

• Acquire basic exposure to a variety of computer programs associated with archaeological field work;

o Adobe Illustrator

o AutoCAD

o ArcGIS

o Agisoft Photoscan

• Acquire more detailed geoarchaeological experience in participating in on-going field and laboratory studies.

• Learn procedures for and implement a variety of advanced technologies employed by the JVRP:

o Orthophotography

o 3D photography

o 3D scanning and modeling

o Digital planning and artifact rendering

• Learn the fundamentals of and engage in technical drawing of ceramics.

• Use AutoCAD and Adobe Illustrator to produce publication quality drawings, maps, plans – digitized from hand drawings.

• Engage in hands-on archaeozoological indentification and analysis

• Engage in archaeological interpretation and learn the pros and cons of historical extrapolation.

• Gain insight into the types of specialized studies and technologies available to the archaeologist such that the student is able to communicate research questions to such specialists.

• Learn the principles of publication-quality report writing.


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