The field school program involves survey, excavation at several Maya sites, and laboratory experience working directly with excavated Maya artifacts. Field techniques, lectures on Maya culture history and instruction concerning artifact analysis are provided during each session. Learn archaeological techniques, visit ancient ruins and earn HSU units in these two courses:
- ANTH 306, 3 units: Cultures of Belize
This course examines Belizean cultures, history and development. Students will study the impacts of ethnicity, class and gender experiences in various cultural practices, and examine the concepts of cultural identity and ethnic diversity in Belize.
- ANTH 357, 3 units: Field Archaeology
The principal focus of the course will be instruction in techniques required for field research. Students will learn how to map using different techniques (i.e. tape and compass, Total Mapping Station, and Global Positioning System). Field training will be supplemented by lectures. Subjects vary but generally cover excavation objectives, lithic analysis, ceramic analysis, osteological analysis, Mesoamerican warfare, and Maya prehistory.
- ANTH 339, 3 units: Costa Rican Primate Behavior
- ANTH 339, 3 units: Neotropical Ecology
- ANTH 306, 3 units: Costa Rican Cultures
The Costa Rica Primate Field Program provides an opportunity for students to study in a unique region of the world and to practice anthropological concepts and techniques. The program will take place at the La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica. The three week intensive program will be offered to all qualified Humboldt State University students, as well as to qualifying students from other institutions.
- ANTH 485, 2 Units: Ethnobotany & Basket Weaving
This is a special topics course, which will include travel to the Klamath/Salmon River area for a weekend to meet with and learn from members of the Karuk Indigenous Basket Weavers and California Indian Basket Weavers Association.