As I said in my previous post, archaeology is my main field of study within anthropology. In archaeology, there are two main sub fields: prehistoric and historical archaeology. Right now, I am in ANTH 349: Historical Archaeology, taught by Dr. Kelly Jenks. In this class we learn about the aspects of historical archaeology, and what historical archaeologists do.
My observation of the class was limited, as this day (16 February 2015) we watched a documentary on underwater archaeology and the recovery of sunken 17th century ship called La Belle. However, I was still able to get a relatively clear observation of the class in general.
Throughout my time in this class I have always felt excited and eager at the beginning of each lesson. Why? Well, I have always had an interest in the history of the world. Learning about it through historical archaeology makes it a lot easier (and a lot more exciting) to learn.
As for the class, we were very quiet at the beginning of the semester, I will admit. Over the past few weeks, however, our relationships with each other have grown. At the beginning and during our break in the middle of class, we all talk with each other (it is a small class, with no more than thirteen people). The professor, Dr. Jenks, joins in a lot of the times as well. It has helped us learn easier as a class and succeed in helping us with many of the group assignments we participate in during class.
While class continues on and our professor begins her lecture, I notice that everyone’s eyes are facing forward towards Dr. Jenks. She has our undivided attention as she teaches us about historical archaeology. My fellow scholars and I are always prepared to take notes during the class, writing down information that will aid us in our future careers as anthropologists and archaeologists.
This class is a very tight knit group. I always anticipate what will be happening the next day as we meet, discuss, and challenge each other to continue our learning in the field of archaeology.