January 22, 2003
The CSU Monterey Bay Institute
for Archaeology maintains an active field program
on the California Central Coast. At present,
the focus of existing projects centers on the
archaeology and ethnohistory of the early California
Missions of San Juan Bautista and San Carlos
Borromeo del Rio Carmelo or Carmel Mission.
Whereas the project at San Juan
Bautista has afforded hundreds of CSUMB and
other California college and university students
invaluable research opportunities since the
Fall of 1995, the Carmel Mission Project was
initiated with the collaboration of the Diocese
of Monterey's curator, Sir Richard Joseph Menn,
and Carmel Mission Pastor John Griffin in the
Spring of 2003. This latter effort was initiated
so as to determine the location of the lost
wine cellar at said mission complex.
Lab and Field Offerings
The Wireless Project will employ
both the SBS 224s/324s (Archaeology: From Map
to Museum) and SBS 260s/360s (Archaeology of
a California Mission) courses as the respective
contexts for the demonstration project in question.
In each instance, students matriculated in said
courses will be taught to make use of the wireless
technologies made available as the result of
the grant obtained by the ASTV.
SBSC 224s/324s --
Archaeology: From Map to Museum
This course is an introduction
to the methods, principles, and practices of
field archaeology. It will combine in-class
lab and discussion sessions with field studies
in historical archaeology. Semester lab projects
include (a) modern material cultures study or
garbology lab, and (b) flintknapping or stone
tool production lab.
224s/324s Online Syllabus
One of two semester
learning labs entails a hands-on introduction
to flintknapping or stone tool production and
analysis. Here students are pictured working
obsidian in the production of stone tools.