EKU Anthropology Field School

The EKU Anthropology program
is a holistic discipline. We incorporate physical
anthropology, archaeology, and social or cultural anthropology
so students get the full range of
anthropology. And students are going
to get a solid background in field methods. Our project here at White Hall
is intended to be three, perhaps even five years,
of actual fieldwork. White Hall was initially built
as Clermont by General Green Clay, a hero of the
War of 1812. And he left it to
his son Cassius. Cassius Clay is a interesting
figure in American and Kentucky history but very much
involved in the Civil War. As a general, as a minister to
Russia, a founder of the Republican Party, and a friend
of Abraham Lincoln. It’s a horseshoe. Really? Yeah. Right here’s the divots
where the small nail– Classrooms are great,
experience is best. We get a hands-on education,
you’re really working with the dirt, with the artifacts,
and the features. Projects like this benefit
students in a couple of ways. The most obvious is they’re
learning how to actually do archaeology. There’s a lot involved and it’s
very physical labor but you have to think too. Just from taking the class you
kind of get an overview of what archeology is like but you
have no idea until you’re out here just how
important it is. Field school is specifically for
anthropology majors and so in the fall, we’ll be doing
public archaeology outreach so students who aren’t majors, who
are interested, can come out and work and get a taste
of archaeology and see what it’s like and decide if they
want to pursue it further. Because it’s that experience
that’s going to give you an advantage over somebody who’s
applying for the same job you are when you graduate. I mean, it’s hot and it’s
a lot of work but it’s definitely worth it. If you love this kind of
stuff, this is for you. Definitely check it out.