Drew University offers a free-standing minor in Archaeology. The Archaeology program conducts a summer field school in Ecuador, giving students the chance to gain valuable field experience. Opportunities for participation in field programs with other Drew faculty also exist.
Director: Maria Masucci
Affiliated Faculty: Jonathan Golden, Margaret Kuntz, John Lenz, John Muccigrosso
“So, you’re an anthropology major and you want to find a career in archaeology. There is no way you are going to find a job doing that! All you is dig in the dirt all day looking for bones and artifacts. What else is there for you to do?”
The general public has a narrow view of the definition of archaeology. The public does not understand the skills that an archeologist possesses or the possible fields an archaeologist can flourish in. We all know that there is more to archaeology than just digging in the dirt.
Not every student want to enter into the world of academia. However, what else is out there for archaeologists? Not surprisingly, 80% of the people in the United States that claim their profession as archaeology are in alternative careers. The possibilities for future archaeologists are endless, if you take the time to think creatively and take a step outside the box!
Think outside the box! Be creative!
This collection represents ceramics obtained from multiple surface collections ( 2001-2006) conducted along the Passaic River in the Chatham/Summit, NJ area. The Passaic River, beginning in the late 18th century, was highly significant in the early industrial development of New Jersey. It was also an early source of hydropower, resulting in the early emergence of the area as the center of industrial mills. Over the decades, the area faced a rapid decline of industrial activity. Numerous areas of flood plains were transformed in the late twentieth century into local parks. Surface scatters of historic materials have been heavily impacted by the use of the parks by local residents. Nevertheless, the history of the river can still be discerned through the range of ceramics and glassware visible. The majority of these artifacts date from the late eighteenth century to the mid 1950s. The results of the analysis of the ceramics and glassware reflect the history of the river.
Glassware obtained from multiple surface collections from 2001-2006 along the Passaic River in the Chatham/Summit, NJ region.
This collection represents historic ceramic materials obtained during settlement pattern survey in El Azucar Valley, Ecuador, 1986-1988 (for more information see Masucci 1992).
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