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  • Locations: Grand Junction, United States
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is full, or the deadline has passed.
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Area of Study: Archaeology Language of Instruction: English
Type of Program: Academic Study Minimum GPA: 2
Housing Type: Residence Hall
Program Description:
Ames Maymester 1
Rhodes College Environmental Archaeology Maymester
Location and Dates: 
May 15th-June 3rd, 2022
Grand Junction, TN

Course Credit: 
Archaeology Program- ACRE 120
Environmental Archaeology Field Research 
4 Credits; F7/F11
No Prerequisites

Archaeology Program - ARCE 450
Archaeology Field Research
4 credits; F7/F11
No Prerequisites

Program Description: 
The focus of research is on the ecology of archaeological sites, with an emphasis on geomorphology, geochronology, sedimentology, soil science, paleobotany, faunal paleoecology, and the measurement of time with isotope and magnetism analysis. Students will learn scientific methods in a classroom setting at an archaeological field research site where they will contribute to the excavation and analysis of artifacts. They will also participate in field-based laboratories where they will learn to test hypotheses by measuring and evaluating materials, including shell, soils, bones, ceramics, and plant remains. Throughout the course, students will study adaptive environmental strategies and different forms of material expression over time. 

Students learn archaeological excavation, survey, lab and recording techniques required to execute field research in environmental archaeology. Field research and labs emphasize scientific approaches to human/environmental interactions through time. Lectures and discussions are based on the study of the biological and geological research that is relevant to the human occupation history of West Tennessee. Students attend field and lab classes forty to fifty hours per week, with the bulk of that time spent doing on-site field research and lab work. Reading assignments, lectures, and discussion sessions cover both technical aspects of the scientific investigative process, and the underlying theoretical issues in the field of environmental archaeology. Weekends are spent completing reading assignments, and exploring sites of interest in the South.
Dormitories and dining will be provided on the Ames Plantation property. Transportation is not needed as we can carpool to and from Ames, however students can bring their cars.

Eligibility requirements: 
Minimum of 2.0 GPA and good academic and social standing. 

Cost of Program: 
Cost includes tuition, room/board (food included) and field trip expenses. 

Professor Kimberly Kasper:

Need Based Scholarship Available: 
  • All students on Summer Programs will be considered for a need-based scholarship if they have completed a FAFSA, have at least a 2.75 GPA, and will not have graduated by the time the program takes place.
  • Not all students will receive an award. Need based award amounts vary, based on each student's individual FAFSA information. Some awards may cover up to 100% of the program cost, though that is rare.
  • Students choosing to withdraw their Off-Campus Study Application for a Rhodes Summer Program* must do so BY JANUARY15. Following January 15, Rhodes′ "Program Fees and Billing" Policy, and Rhodes′ "Cancellation and Refund" Policy will apply. Follow this link to review our Policies.

Ames Maymester 2

This program is full, or the deadline has passed.