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This listing expired on May 8, 2020. Please contact KCarlson@augie.edu for any updated information.
Location: Cave of Niaux, 09400 Niaux, France
Season: July 5, 2020 to July 26, 2020
Session Dates: July 5th 2020 -July 26th 2020
Application Deadline: March 1, 2020
Deadline Type: Rolling
Dr. K.C. Carlson
This is an archaeological study abroad course, not a typical field school. Though we will not be excavating, we will be venturing through Upper Paleolithic caves, talking to archaeologists and geologists as well as artisits. Providing a once in a lifetime trip and college credit at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
Have you ever imagined yourself crawling through caves in France? Many thousands of finger scrawls – left 15,000 years ago – coat the roof of the cave and loom over your head. In front of you, dozens of handprints mark the rock wall. In the chamber on your left, prehistoric illustrations of large game elegantly lope across the cave. This course analyzes the archeological and art historical context of Paleolithic rock art and considers the function of symbolism as communication throughout human history. We will journey through original and reconstructed rock art caves across southern France with pit stops at medieval castles, and cathedrals, followed by a stop in Paris to explore the museums and synthesize our studies by applying the course material in contemporary contexts.
Period(s) of Occupation: Upper Paleolithic
Once in a lifetime opportunity to explore Upper Paleolithic rock art caves of France.
Project Size: 1-24 participants
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Entire Course
Minimum Age: 18
Experience Required: No experience necessary
Room and Board Arrangements:
Hostels, Dorms, and shared houses. Cost: Estimated $6000 in total fees including tuition and flight, break down of expenses available at the Augustana University page.
3 credit offered Undergraduate or Graduate credits offered by Augustana University. Tuition is Approx. $400 a credit hour.
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