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Christine Roback '12, Nathan Livingston '14 and Catherine Prescott '12 at campus site
Third Stone Uncovered by Student Archaeologists

It is not often that an archaeology class has the opportunity to excavate a site of probable historic significance without leaving campus. Having examined a previously discovered inscribed stone at the class’ site, members of the Archaeology of Hamilton’s Founding course have unearthed two additional inscribed stones in their first month of digging. The most recent was uncovered on Sept. 29 and is related to the other two, according to Assistant Professor of Anthropology Nathan Goodale, who developed and teaches the course.  More ...

Second uncovered marker
Archaeology Class Uncovers Second Inscribed Stone

Members of the Archaeology of Hamilton’s Founding course led by Assistant Professor of Anthropology Nathan Goodale, uncovered a second engraved stone less than two weeks after beginning their excavation of a site off College Hill Rd. on Sept 1. “Built to commemorate the dawn of the 20th century and the fiftieth anniversary" is its inscription. Who created and sited this marker is a mystery.  More ...

Nathan Goodale speaks with Joan Stewart as students begin excavation. Photo by Nancy Ford.
Archaeology Class Breaks Ground on Campus

Members of the Archaeology of Hamilton’s Founding course broke ground at a site just off College Hill Road on Thursday, Sept. 1. Selected because of its possible association with key figures in Hamilton’s past, the site will be excavated by the students during the next seven weeks. Local NBC affiliate WKTV taped the first day’s digging for a news broadcast.  More ...

Participants in this year's field school.
Goodale, Field School Featured in BC Newspaper

Assistant Professor of Anthropology Nathan Goodale and his archaeology field school students in the Slocan Valley of British Columbia, Canada, were featured in an article in The Nelson Star (British Columbia) on July 28.  More ...

Susannah Wales '13
The Sociopolitical Side of Archaeology

While archaeology may seem to deal exclusively with the past, this study of artifacts can have a significant impact on the present. Archaeology can help provide proof of historical events and influence political and social claims. Susannah Wales ’13 is spending the summer working with Assistant Professor of Anthropology Nathan Goodale in British Columbia, Canada.  More ...

Caroline Morgan '13 with an EDM machine, also known as the Total Station, that is used to record wall measurements.
Morgan ’13 Chronicles Minoan Architecture

Archaeological sites offer a firsthand glimpse into the past. Specifically, working intimately with ancient artifacts allows researchers to piece together historical periods that could otherwise be lost.  Emerson Grant recipient Caroline Morgan ’13 is spending the summer working on- and off-site in Crete with Professor John McEnroe, the John and Anne Fischer Professor in Fine Arts, to uncover a Minoan ruin’s chronological past. Their project is titled “Excavating Minoan Crete: Uncovering Gournia’s Architectural Past.”  More ...

Caitlin Tuten-Rhodes '12 excavating at the Slocan Narrows Pithouse Village.
Archaeology Field Course Begins in Slocan Valley, BC

During the summer of 2011, 13 students from Hamilton College and Selkirk College will attend a six-week intensive archaeology field immersion course in the prehistory, history, ethnography and language of the indigenous peoples of the interior Pacific Northwest.  More ...

Goodale, Nauman and friend in Slocan Valley, British Columbia
Goodale and Nauman Awarded Grant

Assistant Professor of Anthropology Nathan Goodale and Visiting Instructor of Anthropology Alissa Nauman, in partnership with the Slocan Valley Heritage Trail Society, were awarded a Columbia Basin Trust Community Development Program Grant.  The award provides funding for research associated with the Slocan Narrows Archaeological Project which also serves as the Hamilton College archaeology field school in British Columbia, Canada.  More ...

Erica Kowsz '11
Erica Kowsz '11 Awarded Fulbright to Canada

Erica Kowsz, a candidate for May graduation from Hamilton, has been awarded a Fulbright Grant to Vancouver, British Columbia,  Canada. She will spend the 2011-12 academic year conducting fieldwork among the Sinixt First Nation in the Slocan Valley. Kowsz will produce an ethnographic film exploring the connections between indigenous conceptions of past, place and identity and how these understandings relate to archaeology.  More ...

Students from Seneca Street School in Oneida visit with a snake in Prof. Dave Gapp's lab.
Faculty Help Local Children Discover the Wonders of Science

Two groups of local third-grade students recently enjoyed some hands-on science learning with the help of Hamilton’s science faculty. For about 20 years, Professor of Biology Dave Gapp has organized “Science Exploration Days” which bring classes of elementary school students to Hamilton for guided tours and short lessons in various areas of science.  More ...

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