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Four Corners Lecture Series presents Recent Archaeological Research by Brigham Young University in Southeast Utah with Dr. Jim Allison
Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. MDT
Over the last ten years, research by BYU faculty and students has included excavations at two large sites (Alkali Ridge Site 13 and Coal Bed Village), a variety of site documentation projects, and reanalysis of old artifact collections and survey data. This talk summarizes recent research and what that research tells us about the dynamic history of ancestral Pueblo settlements in southeastern Utah.
The following is provided for general informational purposes only.
Crow Canyon Education
The Crow Canyon education department uses experiential, student-centered education methods to engage learners of all ages in an inclusive and dynamic study of the human past. The staff works toward this goal by teaching about past and present cultures of the Southwest, investigating student learning, and communicating the Center's educational methods and theories to others. The work of the department is guided by a respect for, and is conducted in collaboration with, Native Americans. Archaeology, education, applied anthropology, and Native American studies provide the academic foundation for Crow Canyon programs.
Crow Canyon's innovative education programs not only provide instruction in archaeology, but also involve the lay public in the actual research process. This firsthand approach increases awareness of, and appreciation for, our rich cultural heritage, while providing broad-based support for archaeological research and preservation. Through Crow Canyon's programs, students of all ages gain an understanding of culture, Native American history, archaeological research, human interaction with the environment, and the importance of cultural resource preservation.
Full-time educators at Crow Canyon have academic and professional backgrounds in education, archaeology, anthropology, museum studies, and American Indian studies. The staff collaborates with archaeologists and Native Americans to develop educational programs that engage both children and adults. Curricula and lesson plans emphasize an experiential approach to learning and draw upon the results of Crow Canyon's archaeological research into the ancestral Pueblo (Anasazi) Indians of the Mesa Verde region. In such an environment, education interns have the opportunity to gain valuable experience in working with, and learning from, a wide variety of people.
Principles that Guide Our Work
Everyone's history matters.
Archaeological research and indigenous perspectives are essential to building a more inclusive story of the human past.
Archaeological sites hold the stories of the past and must be preserved for the future.
Experience and reflection form the foundation for meaningful learning.
Archaeology is a multidisciplinary field.
The learning environment should engage students in the learning process and promote respect for culture, the environment, and other people.
What Do Education Interns Do?
Education interns will gain experience in some or all of the following areas:
helping participants learn the chronology of the American Southwest, especially that of the ancestral Pueblo people
teaching traditional skills (pottery making and fire starting)
instructing participants in archaeological concepts and methods
in 2018, the intern will work primarily with elementary, middle, and high school students—education background and interest preferred
assisting with the supervision of lay participants in archaeological excavations
conducting tours of Crow Canyon's archaeological excavations and leading trips to other ancestral Pueblo sites in the Mesa Verde region
developing curricula related to Crow Canyon's education and research
assisting educators in the classroom (indoors and outdoors) and in preparing class materials
Course Work and Skills Required
Applicants should meet the following requirements:
advanced undergraduate or graduate course work in education, museum studies, archaeology, anthropology, Native American studies, or a related field
ability to work as part of a team (interns attend education staff meetings and participate in discussions about education strategies and organization and scheduling of work)
ability to work well with students ranging from fourth graders to senior citizens, many of whom have no previous archaeological experience
ability to adapt in a dynamic work environment
ability to work and live in outdoor settings and perform rigorous physical duties
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The following is provided for general informational purposes only.
Crow Canyon Research
Crow Canyon's research focuses on the ancestral Pueblo (Anasazi) occupation of the Mesa Verde region. In 2017, Crow Canyon launched the Northern Chaco Outliers Project, an investigation of an ancestral Pueblo village with two Pueblo II period (A.D. 950–1150) great houses.
The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center maintains high standards of research and scholarship. Students and adults participating in the Center's programs are closely supervised by research and education staff members in the field and the lab, ensuring a positive learning experience for them, as well as high-quality research for the profession. In addition, American Indians—many of them descendants of the ancestral Pueblo people—consult on all facets of our research, and colleagues from many other disciplines contribute their expertise to help us achieve our objectives. In such an environment, archaeology interns have the opportunity to gain valuable experience in working with, and learning from, a wide variety of people.
What Do Archaeology Interns Do?
Field interns will gain experience in some or all of the following areas:
instructing and supervising lay participants in basic excavation techniques and archaeological concepts
answering questions about research that are posed by site visitors
excavating and recording architectural and nonarchitectural contexts
maintaining provenience control for excavated contexts and cultural materials
writing narrative notes and completing provenience forms
drawing measured plan maps and cross sections
drawing and describing stratigraphic profiles
using a total station
photographing archaeological contexts
surveying for buried structures using electrical-resisitivity geophysical equipment
Laboratory interns will gain experience in some or all of the following areas:
processing archaeological specimens and samples
maintaining provenience control for cultural materials and records
analyzing a variety of artifacts, including pottery, stone tools, and stone debitage
managing archaeological collections using a relational database
maintaining a small research library
instructing and supervising lay participants in artifact identification and laboratory methods and procedures
Laboratory internships will emphasize cataloging and analysis of archaeological collections, particularly pottery and stone artifacts. Interns will also have the option of working on a special project involving analysis and interpretation of artifact collections.