Archaeology course ties students to community service, Indigenous life

1 June 2022


Archaeological Methods and Lab Course
Archaeological Methods and Lab Course at the Grand Meadow Chert Quarry

ARCN 246, “Archaeological Methods and Lab,” is a relatively new addition to Carleton’s archaeology concentration. It is a required course for the minor that, according to the course catalog, “provides a hands-on introduction to the entire archaeological process through classroom, field, and laboratory components.” For its first “four or five” times being taught, Dr. Sarah Kennedy explains, “[we’ve] mainly focused on doing archaeology in the Arb and [our] field trips were just to local historic museums.” This Spring Term, however, the class’s focus broadened. To be precise: It broadened by roughly 100 miles, which is the distance between campus and the class’s  recent field trip destination — the Grand Meadow Chert Quarry. A far cry from the usual Arb excavations, the Chert Quarry trip was not only a historical learning opportunity but also a chance to perform community service and understand archaeology’s true scope. Read the full Carletonian Story.

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