Cultivating Curiosity: Experimental Archaeology in Undergraduate Courses

Author(s): Erin Halstad McGuire

Year: 2018


This poster examines the use of experimental archaeology as a teaching tool in undergraduate courses. It looks at issues relating to the design, implementation, and assessment of experimental archaeology projects in upper division courses ranging from 30 to 70 students. The case studies examined here involve group-based projects centred on topics in medieval archaeology from the University of Victoria. Methods for monitoring student projects and assessing diverse experiments will be discussed. Experimental archaeology projects, though potentially challenging for instructors, are a powerful means to engage deeper student learning both in terms of archaeology as a discipline and within specific regional/topic areas of archaeology.

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Cultivating Curiosity: Experimental Archaeology in Undergraduate Courses. Erin Halstad McGuire. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 445036)

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Abstract Id(s): 20218