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Digging for Knowledge SCCC’s Summer Archaeology Field School

Popularized by the Indiana Jones films, archaeology is proof that sometimes there are advantages to working from the ground down to elevate our knowledge of the past.  SCCC’s Summer Archaeology Field School will provide students with a hands-on learning experience sure to bring the pre-contact Lenape society to life. Credits: Photo Courtesy of Sussex County Community College

Sussex County Community College is offering a for-credit Summer Archaeology Field Experience commencing May 20, 2013 and ending on July 3, 2013.  The course will meet four days per week, Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in the course, ANTH250 (3 credits), by May 13, 2013.  

The field archeology field experience will focus on pre-contact Lenape society, a culture that inhabited our area as long as 5,000 years ago.  The course, led by Registered Professional Archaeologist William Sandy, M.A., R.P.A., will start at the Newton campus but its focus will be at the Black Creek Lenape Site in the Maple Grange section of Vernon Township.  The Black Creek Site is the only Native American site in New Jersey listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  In addition to being exposed to pre-contact Lenape culture and early colonial New Jersey culture, this field experience will teach students the scientific requirements and ethical guidelines for archaeological research.  
Students will be a part of a scientific endeavor and must be prepared to participate in an outdoor experience.  Everyone must provide their own transportation to the excavation site.  Inquiries about the Archaeology Field Experience can be directed to Dr. Anthony Balzano at 973-300-2177 or

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