Reaching Out: Public Archaeology at Washington State University

Author(s): Paige Hawthorne; Lori Phillips

Year: 2016


Cougar Quest is an academic summer camp for students on the Washington State University campus and is designed to meet the educational and social needs of college-bound students entering grades 7-13. By attending three workshops of their choosing, students are immersed in a variety of fields and subjects that are taught by WSU professors and graduate students. This past summer, a workshop focused on archaeology was conducted by graduate students to show students the processes of archaeological methods and ideas. By including hands-on programs and activities, students were able to experience the technological processes of artifact creation as well as their own archaeological "excavation". This poster highlights the programs initiated at this past summer’s Cougar Quest camp, the benefits of community outreach and public education, and future approaches to communicating appreciation for archaeology and heritage resources.

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Reaching Out: Public Archaeology at Washington State University. Paige Hawthorne, Lori Phillips. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 405364)

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