New archaeology course gets students’ hands dirty

By Courtney Morrison
Staff Writer
Starting in the Fall of 2015, the University of Michigan-Dearborn will be offering a hands on Archaeology class, ANTH 410.The class will be run by Professor John Chenoweth, an assistant professor of Anthropology, and has a unique structure to it.
Class will be run once a week, every Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. While seven hours of class seems like a lot, there is a good reason for the longer time slot.Field Archaeology is the basic premise of the class. It will require students to spend a substantial amount of time outside at a dig site digging for items, archiving, and then preserving them.
“While it is a full day class, the reason for this is the whole class is hands on,” Chenoweth said. “We aren’t pretending to do Archaeology, we really will be doing the real thing.”
The dig site will most likely be somewhere on the Dearborn Historical Society land.
There is also a research component. The class focuses on the Southeast region of Michigan, from 1830-1930 and the changes that took place in that time period. While the class is at a 400 level, Professor Chenoweth says that prior experience in the field is not needed to take the class.
“This is a class for people who want to do something really different and learn in a very hands on way,” said Chenoweth.
Professor Chenoweth thinks that having a prior Anthropology class or even Sociology would be beneficial and is highly recommended, but it is not a necessity.
Enrollment for this class is by permission of instructor. So, if you are looking to dig up something new for the fall semester and want to get a slip to register, you can email Professor Chenoweth at jmchenow@umich.edu. He also has office hours the remaining of the semester on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.