Archaeology Field School at A Community College: An Outreach Opportunity

Author(s): Anne Griffith

Year: 2015


In the summer of 2014 St. Charles Community College (SCC) in Cottleville, MO offered, for the second year in a row, an archaeology field school. This project was an opportunity for people outside of a traditional 4-year college or university setting to engage first-hand in archaeological field work. By offering the field school through a community college, students who might not otherwise be able to afford a regular field term got valuable hands-on experience—many St. Charles students (and community college students in general) have children, are working nearly full-time, or have obligations beyond simple school work that make them unable to participate in multi-month-long projects. Additionally, community college field schools may be more financially feasible for those who have the desire but not necessarily the funds to work on digs throughout the US or abroad. This opportunity also served to create a vital connection between the local community and SCC. Field schools such as this can be a bridge to both students and community members who may not otherwise have an opportunity to participate in an archaeological excavation.

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Archaeology Field School at A Community College: An Outreach Opportunity. Anne Griffith. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397704)

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