Central Lakes College is offering a three-week, hands-on outdoor experience in archeology that puts students in the center of exploration.
Field Methods in Archeology will meet 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June 1-21 at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park. Its instructor is Jim Cummings, a state naturalist and contract archeologist.
"This will be an exciting opportunity for finding out just what goes into archeology," said Cummings, who is passionate about giving participants a realistic flavor as members of an archeological crew.
Students will interact with nine professional archeologists, including Tim Tumberg, the head of archeology for the Minnesota State Historical Society. Tumberg is a CLC graduate who earned degrees from Moorhead State and Michigan Tech and is earning his doctorate from Arizona State University.
St. Cloud State University professor Richard Rothaus will bring an expert historical component to the archeological projects.
"We will also tour the archeological repository for all state artifacts," said Cummings. The facility is at Fort Snelling.
The class will explore methods and theories of archeology by excavation, testing, mapping, documentation and preparing artifacts for museum curation.
The students will act as an archeological crew, traveling short distances from the Mille Lacs Kathio project base to archeology projects in the area. "We also will be working in Father Hennepin State Park, as well as public accesses," Cummings said.
The students will participate in surface survey with Rothaus, do initial shovel testing to determine presence or absence of archeological material, and get formal excavation experience.
He said students would use the tools of the trade -- transits, stadia, GPS, trowels -- and they will prepare one-meter squares at the place where it has been determined there are archeological sites," Cummings said. "The student will get a good idea of what archeologists do."
To register, call 855-8031 (toll-free 800-933-0346, extension 8031). Information is also available online at www.clcmn.edu
For information, contact Cummings at the Mille Lacs Kathio Interpretive Center at (320) 532-3269.
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