CARIBBEAN FIELD STUDIES IN ARCHAEOLOGY
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Assistant Director, IPD Study Abroad
Open to non-NU students.
Location: Roseau, Dominica, West Indies
Term: Spring Quarter (2013 Program Dates: March 31-May 28)
Application Deadline: November 1, 2013
Language Requirement: None - courses are taught in English
Academic Interests: Anthropology, Archaeology
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Caribbean Field Studies in Archaeology program examines the historical and cultural trajectories of Caribbean peoples, past and present, and provides a critical foundation in archaeological field work. Students will learn about the complex transformations that have characterized Caribbean history, archaeological field and laboratory methods, and the value of conducting community-oriented research. While focused on the island nation of Dominica, Eastern Caribbean, there will be excursions to Martinique and Puerto Rico to learn about the contours of contemporary Caribbean society. Courses are taught by Mark W. Hauser, a professor in the Department of Anthropology and a leading archaeologist in the field of Historical Archaeology.
The program will be located in Roseau, capital city of Dominica, a small island country in the West Indies located south-southeast of Guadeloupe and northwest of Martinique. Dominica has been nicknamed the "Nature Isle of the Caribbean" for its unspoiled natural beauty and its lush, mountainous rainforests, which will serve as the field where students conduct their coursework and gain practical training in archaeological field methods, techniques, and analysis.
HOUSING & MEALS
Students will stay in two shared apartments in Roseau, each equipped with bedrooms, a kitchen, and a bathroom. Students will be responsible for their own food, but there are restaurants and grocery stores within walking distance. Students are responsible for the costs of all meals.
Program courses will take place in the field at various archaeological excavation sites.
All courses are taught by Mark Hauser.
ANTHRO 321-SA: Archaeological Field Methods (1 credit)
In this course, students will receive practical training in archaeological field methods and techniques at the excavation site on Dominica, including landscape survey methodologies, mapping through computer aided technologies such as GIS, and excavation techniques. Each student is responsible for maintaining a field notebook that will be due in weeks 4 and 8.
ANTHRO 325-SA: Archaeological Field Methods Laboratory (1 credit)
Students will learn how to identify and analyze archaeological artifacts and conduct analyses of archeological methods (faunal, botanical, artifact, or soil analysis) through first-hand experience and using various techniques. At the end of the program, each student will become responsible for presenting a lecture on a particular kind of material culture and relate it to research goals.
ANTHRO 391-SA: Archaeology, Ethics, and Contemporary Society (1 credit)
This course will critically examine ethical issues in the practice of archaeology and focus on developing archaeological materials relevant to contemporary society.
ANTHRO 390-SA: Peoples and Cultures of the Caribbean (1 credit)
Students will use key anthropological insights about value judgments and cultural relativism to examine the survival strategies and turbulent histories of contemporary Caribbean, with particular emphasis on Dominica. Students will learn about Dominica's rich history by participating in excursions to the Carib territory, Portsmouth, Delices, and other communities to get a sense of the variety of everyday life in contemporary Dominica. Students will also hear from guest lecturers, including Dr. Lennox Honychurch, who will speak on Dominican pre-history, and Steve Lenick, who will discuss slavery in Dominica.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Students will fly from the United States to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where their program begins with two days to explore Old San Juan and one of the best-preserved pre-Colombian sites found in the Caribbean.
Students will participate in a day-trip to the Carib Territories, the only native reservation left in the Caribbean.
Fort Shirley, Portsmouth
In addition to visiting Fort Shirley, a large 18th century British garrison with office quarters renovated by Dr. Lennox Honychurch, students will also have the chance to explore the scenic Cabrits National Park.
Students will take the ferry from Dominica to the south of Martinique, where they will visit Josephine Bonaparte's plantation, tour the sugar cane and/or coffee and cocoa museum, and enjoy the spectacular natural beauty of the beaches and coastal forest along Martinique's shoreline.
Spring 2013 Program Fee= $14,460, which includes tuition, program excursions, housing, local transportation, cell phones, and equipment. Students should also budget about $1,200 for international airfare, about $100 in fees, and approximately $1,800 for personal expenses, including meals, nonprogram transportation, additional activities, and miscellaneous expenses.
Students applying to this program are eligible for IPD Study Abroad Fellowships and may be eligible for external funding opportunities. Students participating in this program are subject to Withdrawal Policies for Northwestern-Sponsored Programs.
For more information about billing, finances, and financial aid for study abroad, please refer to the Money Matters resource page of the Study Abroad Office website or contact Krista Buda in the Financial Aid Office.