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2015 Annual Meeting, April 10-12 Bethlehem, PA

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The Curriculum Committee of the Society for American Archaeology invites proposals to present for a poster session we are sponsoring at the SAA meeting in San Francisco (April 15-19, 2015) entitled Teaching Archaeology in the Twenty-First Century: Activities for the College Classroom. We are looking for presenters who would like to share activities they have used in the college classroom -- not just college professors, but anyone (graduate students, guest lecturers, etc.) who has taught college-level students using activities. The intent of the session is more about having a place to share materials, imperfect as they may be, with others who would find them useful than it is to provide perfect, publishable (and therefore static) activities. In other words, we would like you to join us in sharing activities that you have both found useful and those that you hope will be useful, but are not completely happy with yet. We hope that, as part of the poster you would suggest modifications for different types of college courses (e.g., large lecture v. small discussion or introductory level v. advanced) or that you have considered but not yet implemented. We do ask that you bring handouts and any ancillary materials that you may use with your students. And, we also request that you connect your activity directly to the Principles for Curricular Reform (see abstract below).

Here's the session abstract:
Hands-on activities are one of the best tools available to promote complex problem-solving in student-centered archaeology classrooms. Yet, original activities are difficult to devise, requiring a substantial time commitment and, frequently, multiple iterations before maturing into a productive learning tool. Frequently, activities originating within a limited circle of colleagues are adapted and revised to fit diverse academic situations and instructors, but are not widely distributed. This poster session is designed to share effective activities developed by the presenters over the years. Activity handouts, along with ancillary materials, are provided and each activity is explicitly connected to one or more of the Principles for Curricular Reform of the SAA Committee on Curriculum: Stewardship, Diverse Pasts, Social Relevance, Ethics and Values, Written and Oral Communication, Fundamental Archaeological Skills, and Real-World Problem Solving.

The symposium helps to fulfill the committees mission: implementing the principles outlined in Teaching Archaeology in the Twenty-First Century (edited by Bender and Smith, 2000) and making recommendations as to how identified needs might be included in undergraduate and graduate curricula in archaeology. The principles are summarized in the Jan 2014 SAA Archaeological Record in articles by Kamp, Jenks, and Stone, which you can get at the SAA web site or I can email to you.

As a member of the curriculum committee, I am happy to be a co-organizer for the session, so please contact me if you are interested in presenting a poster no abstract necessary yet, just let me know you are interested. Abstracts are due to me by Sept 4.


Darlene Applegate, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director, Anthropology Program
Dept of Folk Studies and Anthropology
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd #61029
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1029



Anthropology Collection
at the
Carnegie Museum of Natural History

October 9, 2014
To Whom It May Concern:

The Anthropology collection at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History will be closed to research completely for approximately two years, beginning summer 2015. While this is a long time, it is for a very good reason. We have been awarded an NEH grant that will be used to install compactor storage in the Archaeological collection area. This is a huge step in ensuring the preservation and duration of the collection. If anyone would like access prior to June 2015, please contact me. I will do my best to arrange that for you.  


Amy L. Covell
Curatorial Assistant/ Section of Anthropology
Carnegie Museum of Natural History


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