Location: Gerace Research Centre, The College of The Bahamas, San Salvador Island, Bahamas
Research Program: Islands are dynamic ecosystems, sensitive to human modification and disturbance, as well as climatic and other environmental processes. Because of its unique geological and environmental circumstances, the central and northern Bahamas are an ideal place to test models of island adaptation, the interplay of subsistence and ecology, and culture change. Academic Program Anthropology 415/LAS (Latin American, Latino/a, and Caribbean Studies) 418: Caribbean Archaeology: Field and Laboratory Methods (6 cr)(2010 Summer Term I) will introduce students to the interdisciplinary field and laboratory research methods that archaeologists use to study the environments and cultures of the past. The Caribbean, and the Bahamas in particular, will constitute a case study of human island adaptations for the prehistoric and early historic periods. in addition, students will be instructed in the methods of archaeological surveying and mapping, excavation, artifact and ecofact recovery and curation, cataloguing, laboratory methods, and the anthropological interpretation of archaeological data. students will also be instructed Caribbean archaeology, ethnohistory, geography, geology, and ecology, with special emphasis on the Bahama archipelago. Prequisites: 1 course in archaeology or anthropology, consent of instructor, good academic standing, and excellent physical health.
Anthropology 415/LAS 418 fulfills the methods requirement for most anthropology majors or minors, and should count as an elective for the major or minor in Latin American Studies at your institution. For students in honors programs at other colleges and universities, Anthropology 415/LAS 418 has an optional honors component. If you have any questions about transfer credit, please do not hesitate to contact the program director (Dr. Perry L. Gnivecki (email: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: 513.785.3271) as soon as posible.
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Period(s) of Occupation: Lucayan-European Encounter: Late 15th/Early 16th century
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Students must stay the full duration of program
Room and Board Arrangements
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Berman, Mary Jane, and Deborah M. Pearsall, Plants, People, and Culture in the Prehistoric central Bahamas: A view from the Three Dog Site, an Early Lucayan settlement on San Salvador Island, Bahamas, Latin American Antiquity, 11(3): 219-239, 2000, Washington, D.C.
Berman, Mary Jane, Jorge Febles, and Perry L. Gnivecki, The Organization of Cuban Archaeology: Context and Brief History, In Dialogues in Cuban Archaeology, edited by L. Antonio curet, Shannon Lee Dawdy, and Gabino La Rosa Corzo, 41-61, 2005, Tuscaloosa, Alabama