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Location: Exposition / Watt, Los Angeles, CA 90037, USA
Season: June 12, 2023 to July 7, 2023
Application Deadline: April 7, 2023
Deadline Type: Rolling
Los Angeles Natural History Museum (US) and Center for Field Sciences (US)
Dr. Ariel Taivalkoski, University at Buffalo
This is a laboratory program, focused on the identification and interpretation of archaeological faunal materials. In addition to covering theoretical approaches to faunal remain interpretations, laboratory course work will concentrate on developing proficiency in identifying mammal, fish, bird, and herptile specimens. In addition to learning species identification, students will study taphonomic processes, assemblage formation, and the use of bone data to investigate archaeological research questions.
Students will learn how to use comparative collections for actual research of materials excavated archaeologically. Using the Natural History Museum comparative collections, students will archaeological materials from the Channel Islands (including remains from Daisy Cave and the Big Dog Cave as well as 19th century historic material recovered from the area surrounding the museum. The course is design to develop experienced and capable researchers in zooarcheology, a first step to a possible career in academia or the Cultural Resource Management sector. Students will be shown the many career pathways available to anthropology majors and will prepare application materials for a job in their preferred pathway. Students will be trained in both academic writing and public interpretation of faunal materials. Honors thesis and graduate level research work with the collections is possible and encouraged.
Period(s) of Occupation: Pre contact and contact period
Tuition is $3,290. This is a non residential programs and students should find their own local accommodations. Several accommodation grants will soon become available on the CFS website.
Project Size: 1-24 participants
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Full program length
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Experience Required: None. This is hands-on, experiential learning and students will study on-site how to conduct zooarchaeological research. Students are required to come equipped with sufficient excitement and adequate understanding that the work requires patience, discipline, and attention to detail.
Room and Board Arrangements:
This is a non-residential program. Students are responsible for their own room and board.
8 semester credits units through our school or record -- Iowa Wesleyan University
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