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Archaeology Underfoot on College Hill: Education, Outreach, and Historical Archaeology at Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island)

Author(s): Linda Gosner ; Alex Knodell ; J. Andrew Dufton ; Catherine Steidl

Year: 2015

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Since 2012, a course on the Archaeology of College Hill at Brown University has undertaken a program of research and education – including pedestrian survey, geophysical survey, and excavation – to investigate the historic Quiet Green in the heart of the university campus. This class serves the dual purposes of promoting the material history of Brown during the university’s 250th anniversary celebration and educating undergraduates in the methods, theories, and practices of historical archaeology. This paper presents the results of three seasons of study, including excavations outside of Hope College Dormitory and at the site of the university’s first President’s House, two of the university’s oldest buildings dating to 1822 and 1770 respectively. Furthermore, we will demonstrate how a university campus can serve as an ideal space for training young archaeologists outside the confines of a more traditional field school, and how such an approach can be used to promote local history and outreach at the university and community levels.

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Archaeology Underfoot on College Hill: Education, Outreach, and Historical Archaeology at Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island). Linda Gosner, J. Andrew Dufton, Alex Knodell, Catherine Steidl. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397777)


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min long: -80.815; min lat: 39.3 ; max long: -66.753; max lat: 47.398 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America