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Enhanced Learning: Digging Into the Past

July 28, 2008

At the Pethick Archeological Site, University at Albany-SUNY students get the chance to study history through the excavation of thousands of Native American artifacts.

At the Pethick Archeological Site in Schoharie, University at Albany-SUNY students get the chance to study history through the excavation of thousands of Native American artifacts.

Indiana Jones' latest world-traveling adventure might make for box office gold, but for UAlbany's archeology field school, the excitement of field study can be found right in the Capital Region's backyard.

At the Pethick Archeological Site in Schoharie, students get the chance to study history through the excavation of thousands of Native American artifacts, some dating back to prehistoric times. For UAlbany assistant professor and site director Sean Rafferty, the first step is clearing up any misconceptions set in place by the iconic Dr. Jones.

Ultimately, the field school provides the framework for students not only to understand archeology, but to become fully engaged in the archeological process. After completing the field school, students have obtained the skill set to apply for federal and state jobs, or to pursue a myriad of other opportunities.

The Pethick Site is just one of the archeological field schools offered by the University at Albany. Other programs include sites in Belize, Cyprus and Serbia, where more adventure awaits inquisitive UAlbany students.

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Related Links:
New York State Museum
The Pethick Site Photo Gallery
The Pethick Site
Archaeology at UAlbany
Sean Rafferty Faculty Experts Page

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