Anthropology Vietnam: Palaeolithic Archaeology Field School in Vietnam

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Summer 2022

The aim of this study abroad experience is to give students an opportunity to earn 12 credits by participating in an archaeological field school. We will have a structured program of learning and practicing advanced, hands-on archaeological skills in a remote Southeast Asian field setting. The research aims of the field school are to contribute to the understanding of the earliest human dispersals into the Eastern hemisphere by testing hypotheses about the chronology, technology and substance of human occupants of the Thahn Sa Valley in northern Vietnam. Our pilot research in this valley has found some of the earliest artefacts in Southeast Asia, and we expect to find more during this field school. We aim to teach students practical and theoretical details of detailed site recording and collection and excavation that will be useful for a career in North American Cultural Resource Management. We will also teach post-fieldwork skills such as artefact analysis, reporting and curation of data. We aim to combine teaching and practical experience in archaeological science. The field school is part of a long term archaeological project directed by Ben Marwick with his international collaborators. We will work side-by-side with archaeologists from the Vietnamese Institute of Archaeology, and with faculty and students from Whatcom Community College (Bellingham, WA)

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