Last night of our summer archaeology book club! Tatham Mound, Voyage Long and Strange, and Killing Mr. Watson.
What should we read next year?
It may not look exciting, but our Project Archaeology: Investigating a Lighthouse Keeper’s House took 1st place in the Community Education small matching grant panel hearing yesterday! Look for more lighthouses and archaeology posts as we put the curriculum altogether starting next summer.
Now, to pick one of the historic 40 to focus on….
Bringing Archaeology to the State College System
by Brad Biglow, Professor of Anthropology, Florida State College at Jacksonville
Public Archaeology is alive and well in northeast Florida thanks to programs from the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN), the University of North Florida (UNF), and most recently, Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ). Beginning in 2012, an archaeology course (ANT 2140 World Prehistory and Archaeology) was introduced into the curriculum at the Florida State College at Jacksonville’s South Campus. As part of the course, something was done that was not seen previously at the junior college level in Northeast Florida…the introduction of a field laboratory component available to enrolled students and interested members of the Jacksonville area community, giving them the opportunity to work on a real archaeological site as they gain experience understanding the field of archaeology. In addition, students visit historic and prehistoric archaeological sites throughout northeast Florida as they meet professional archaeologists and public employees from the National Park Service, and Florida Park Service who explain the history and context of settlements throughout northeast Florida. Students learn the proper ways to conduct excavations, from documentation and site forms, to archaeology and the law. Enrollees can then take this experience to the university or private sector, implementing the skills in STEM careers.
Beginning with the public outcry against anthropology degrees and their usefulness in the State of Florida by Governor Rick Scott (October 2011 http://www.npr.org/2011/10/13/141305593/fla-gov-rick-scott-slams-anthropology-degrees), anthropologists across the state felt that his statements were a gross misrepresentation of the field’s place in an ever-changing global world. With the upcoming 450th celebration of the founding of the City of St Augustine and the growing international attention coming to the State of Florida, the role of anthropology will be vital to the state’s portrayal, and the State College System is at a unique crossroads for serving the needs of local communities.
Great new blog publishing examples in Florida public anthropology each week!Source: flanthro