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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - England - British Archaeology Summer School, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
2010-03-31
Start Date 2010-07-06
End Date 2010-08-06



Archaeology Field School Location

Corpus Christi College
Cambridge
CB2 1RH
England


Academic Credit

For those wishing to take the course to secure credits from their home universities, perform- ance in the course will be assessed on the basis of a short (ca.2000-words) paper on a topic of the student’s choice (guided and supervised by the course instructors), plus a two-hour written test at the end of the course (note that neither of these is a requirement for enrolment on the course). It is anticipated that most American universities will accept satisfactory completion of the course as the equivalent of 8 credits in the American academic system. Certificates substantiating the course content and recommending credit and, if relevant, the grades awarded, will be provided at the end of the course. Please note that neither Corpus Christi College nor Cambridge University is in a position to award academic credit. It is up to you to ensure, preferably in advance, that your college or university will recognise such certification and award the suggested credits.


Archaeology Field School Tuition

Professor Paul Mellars, PhD, ScD, FBA, FSA (Course Director)
Paul Mellars is Professor of Prehistory and Human Evolution at Cambridge University, and Director of Studies in Archaeology at Corpus Christi College. He is recognized as one of the leading world authorities on European Neanderthals and the origins and dispersal of ‘Modern’ (Homo sapiens) populations from Africa. He has also excavated and published monographs on major excavations at the Mesolithic sites of Star Carr and Oronsay in Britain. He is a former President and Acting Master of Corpus Christi College.

Katherine Boyle, PhD (Course Co-director)
Katherine Boyle is currently Senior Administrator in Research at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research in Cambridge. She has undertaken and published extensive research on the patterns of animal exploitation among Palaeolithic and later prehistoric populations in Europe. Katherine will have chief responsibility for the day-to-day running and organization of the course.

Catherine Hills, PhD, FSA (Medieval Archaeology)
Catherine Hills is Senior Lecturer in Medieval Archaeology at the University of Cambridge. She is the author of numerous publications on the medieval archaeology of Britain and western Europe, and has undertaken and published major excavations on the early medieval sites of Spong Hill (Norfolk) and elsewhere.

Caroline Malone, PhD, FSA (Neolithic and Bronze-age Archaeology)
Caroline Malone is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at Queen’s University, Belfast (Northern Ireland) and was formerly Keeper of Later European Prehistory at the British Museum and Curator of the Avebury Museum. She has undertaken excavations at major Prehistoric sites in Italy, Malta, England and Scotland.

Simon Stoddart, PhD, FSA (Iron-age Archaeology)
Simon Stoddart is Senior Lecturer in Prehistoric Archaeology at the University of Cambridge and one of the leading international authorities on the Iron Age Archaeology of Britain and Mediterranean Europe. With his wife, Dr Caroline Malone, he has undertaken excavations at many European prehistoric sites.


Archaeology Field School Room and Board

ccommodation at Corpus Christi will be in single rooms (bathroom facilities are shared) in historic Botolph Court, part of which dates back to 1500. Breakfast and dinner will be taken in the college dining hall and students will also experience a formal, traditional dinner as enjoyed by generations of Cambridge scholars.


Archaeology Field School Travel
$4900
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

The price includes accommodation in single rooms at Corpus Christi College whilst in Cambridge, as well as accommodation on the various field trips. It includes all breakfasts, dinners, tuition, seminars, internet access, special University facilities and all field trips (including travel) and admission costs. The cost does not include travel to and from Cambridge, insurance, lunches, entertainments or other optional activities.

Archaeology Field School Description


COURSE
The academic course has four principal components:

1. A series of 24 lectures given by senior academics covering the successive periods of British prehistoric and post-prehistoric archaeology, from the earliest settlement of Britain to the end of the medieval period ca.1500 ad.

2. An associated series of 6 lectures devoted to aspects of archaeological method and theory, combined with guided visits to the laboratories of the Cambridge University McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research and Cambridge University’s Archaeological Field Unit.

3. A 4-day study tour of Ancient Wessex to visit many of the most important archaeological sites in southern England.

4. Field visits to the Roman and medieval sites of Verulamium, Sutton Hoo, West Stow and Ely cathedral.

Shorter visits will be made to the principal medieval colleges of Cambridge and the collections of Cambridge University Fitzwilliam Museum, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the British Museum (London) and the unique collection of Anglo- Saxon and early medieval manuscripts housed in the Parker Library of Corpus Christi College itself – containing almost 25 percent of the known Anglo-Saxon manuscripts world-wide.

Lectures will be supported by group tutorial sessions dealing with topics of special interest. Some lectures and field visits will be at the weekends but time will also be scheduled for individual study and exploration.

ANCIENT WESSEX TOUR
In addition to the series of field visits closer to Cambridge, the Summer School incorporates a four-day excursion to the area of ancient Wessex, during which we will visit some of the most important archaeological sites in southern England, including the famous Neolithic and Bronze-age sites of Stonehenge, Woodhenge, Avebury, West Kennet and Durrington Walls, and the sites of Silchester (Roman) and Old Sarum (Neolithic to medieval). On-site presentations will be given by the course lecturers.

CORPUS CHRISTI COLLEGE
Founded by the Guilds of Corpus Christi and the Blessed Virgin Mary, Corpus Christi bears the distinction of being the only college in Oxford or Cambridge to be founded by the town citizens, rather than a royal, rich, or other important person.

One of the college’s most famous assets is the Parker Library, named after Matthew Parker (1504–75), Master of the College and Archbishop of Canterbury during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Treasures include the earliest copy of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles and a bound copy of the St Augustine Gospels from the 6th century. A special visit to the library will be made under the expert guidance of Dr Christopher de Hamel, a leading authority on medieval manuscripts and former head of medieval manuscripts at Sotheby’s.

Former students of the college include the Elizabethan dramatist Christopher Marlowe, American author Christopher Isherwood, and the well-known seventeenth-century British archaeologist and antiquarian (and Druid advocate) Sir William Stukeley.

Today the college is home to a very active, international community of 400 students (from all academic disciplines). The college is located in the historic centre of Cambridge and consists of the medieval buildings of Old Court, constructed around 1352, and the later New Court, built by the famous Regency architect William Wilkins in 1827. A recent addition to the college is the extraordinary Chronophage clock, designed by former student Dr John Taylor, now one of the most photographed tourist attractions in Cambridge!

A short introduction to the Summer School will be provided by the present Master of the College (and former British Ambassador to Kuwait) Stuart Laing, at a reception to be held in the college gardens.

AFFILIATIONS
Corpus Christi College of the University of Cambridge has a longstanding relationship with the ACE Foundation and is hosting this course as part of a number of affiliated projects. Full details of the college can be found at www.corpus.cam.ac.uk.LINK

ASSESMENT AND CREDITS
For those wishing to take the course to secure credits from their home universities, perform- ance in the course will be assessed on the basis of a short (ca.2000-words) paper on a topic of the student’s choice (guided and supervised by the course instructors), plus a two-hour written test at the end of the course (note that neither of these is a requirement for enrolment on the course). It is anticipated that most American universities will accept satisfactory completion of the course as the equivalent of 8 credits in the American academic system. Certificates substantiating the course content and recommending credit and, if relevant, the grades awarded, will be provided at the end of the course. Please note that neither Corpus Christi College nor Cambridge University is in a position to award academic credit. It is up to you to ensure, preferably in advance, that your college or university will recognise such certification and award the suggested credits.

ELIGIBILITY
Participation in the summer school is limited to undergraduate and graduate students of four-year accredited colleges or universities. Applicants should normally have a cumulative grade point average of B or better in their college studies.

SCHOLARSHIPS
A number of part-scholarships of $500 to $1000 are offered by the ACE Foundation to students in genuine need of financial aid. A cumulative average of B-plus or better in college studies is a prerequisite for a scholarship. A letter of recommendation from a senior faculty member who knows well you and your work will also be required. For full details please email ace@acefoundation.org.uk.

HOW TO APPLY
This course is aimed at American and Canadian University Students with an interest in Archaeology. To download an application form please click the following document: "Application Form.pdf" (File Size: 84Kb) and mail it to: archaeology@acefoundation.org.uk. Once you have been accepted onto the course we will require a 10% deposit at time of confirmation. This deposit is non-refundable except in the event that the programme is cancelled. The closing date for applications is 31st March 2010. To ensure a place on the summer school you are advised to book early.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information


Time Period

The course covers British prehistoric and post-prehistoric archaeology, from the earliest settlement of Britain to the end of the medieval period ca.1500 ad.


Field School Setting/Conditions

The month-long summer school is based in the mediaeval setting of Corpus Christi College, founded in 1352, one of the oldest of the 31 historic colleges forming the University of Cambridge.



What is the daily schedule for the field school

This is an intensive course working 7 days a week interspersed with field visits and day's off for exploring Cambridge and London.


Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation
1

Directors and Instructors

Professor Paul Mellars, PhD, ScD, FBA, FSA (Course Director)
Paul Mellars is Professor of Prehistory and Human Evolution at Cambridge University, and Director of Studies in Archaeology at Corpus Christi College. He is recognized as one of the leading world authorities on European Neanderthals and the origins and dispersal of ‘Modern’ (Homo sapiens) populations from Africa. He has also excavated and published monographs on major excavations at the Mesolithic sites of Star Carr and Oronsay in Britain. He is a former President and Acting Master of Corpus Christi College.

Katherine Boyle, PhD (Course Co-director)
Katherine Boyle is currently Senior Administrator in Research at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research in Cambridge. She has undertaken and published extensive research on the patterns of animal exploitation among Palaeolithic and later prehistoric populations in Europe. Katherine will have chief responsibility for the day-to-day running and organization of the course.

Catherine Hills, PhD, FSA (Medieval Archaeology)
Catherine Hills is Senior Lecturer in Medieval Archaeology at the University of Cambridge. She is the author of numerous publications on the medieval archaeology of Britain and western Europe, and has undertaken and published major excavations on the early medieval sites of Spong Hill (Norfolk) and elsewhere.

Caroline Malone, PhD, FSA (Neolithic and Bronze-age Archaeology)
Caroline Malone is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at Queen’s University, Belfast (Northern Ireland) and was formerly Keeper of Later European Prehistory at the British Museum and Curator of the Avebury Museum. She has undertaken excavations at major Prehistoric sites in Italy, Malta, England and Scotland.

Simon Stoddart, PhD, FSA (Iron-age Archaeology)
Simon Stoddart is Senior Lecturer in Prehistoric Archaeology at the University of Cambridge and one of the leading international authorities on the Iron Age Archaeology of Britain and Mediterranean Europe. With his wife, Dr Caroline Malone, he has undertaken excavations at many European prehistoric sites.


Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

Any student attending this course will obtain the latest, up-to-date knowledge; make new acquaintances, both student and professional; and learn new archaeological methods.



Will there be additional organized activities?

Extra curricular activities include punting and other topical activities around Cambridge and London.


Will there be additional organized activities?

There will be evening and weekend lectures.


Is travel restriced during free time?

The only restrictions on travel are with time.



Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

Field School Website: http://www.acefoundation.org.uk/courses

Field School Contact Information



Paul Barnes
The ACE Foundation
Babraham
Cambridge
CB22 3AP
England



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