These courses together instruct students on archaeological field methods as well as the prehistory and history of North Carolina. Students learn survey, excavation, mapping and recording, artifact preparation, and analysis techniques while working at various archaeological sites in the North Carolina Piedmont.
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Philosophy: The goal of these courses is to teach students the methods of archaeological fieldwork in an intensive 4-week summer course. In addition, students gain a detailed understanding of North Carolina prehistory and its context within Southeastern and North American prehistory. From the beginning, students are learning field methods by doing the work in the field. Nothing is pre-packaged or canned. Students are learning to excavate at actively researched sites, so they are not only learning but also contributing to archaeological knowledge during these courses. Here are some pictures from the 2012 fieldschool: