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Cave Archaeology & Rock Art course at Mammoth Cave
« on: March 21, 2019, 05:51:09 am »
Hi folks,

I'm running this course at Mammoth Cave in June. If you have any students who might be interested, they can contact me or the coordinator Leslie North!
Cheers, Natalie

Cave Archaeology & Rock Art course
June 2-8, 2019
taught by Dr. George Crothers & Dr. Natalie Uomini

Unless otherwise noted or titled, all courses are held at Hamilton
Valley Field Station, located on the border of Mammoth Cave National
Park near Bowling Green, Kentucky.

The course is an opportunity for graduate students, undergraduate
students, and interested cavers to explore and learn about the
multifaceted use of caves by people in prehistory and during
historical times.  Over the course of the week-long class, eight field
trips are taken to various sites above and below ground. Five of these
trips are to remote or deep cave locations and three of the trips are
to cave entrances and rock shelters, linking the underground world to
the environment above.  Students learn about the many cave resources
that were used by people in the past, such as color pigments, chert,
gypsum, mineral salts, and nitrates, and the technology of cave
mineral mining. In hands-on sessions students will practice rock art
skills to reconstruct the variety of rock art types found in local
caves and throughout the world. Activities include making prehistoric
torches, and creating petroglyphs, mud drawings, and real ochre
paintings. Students will learn techniques to record undocumented rock
art and thus help contribute to the preservation of local prehistoric
rock art. Caves are discussed as both natural features of the
environment utilized by people in the past and as features with
cosmological significance that were incorporated into native belief
systems, such as human burial sites, rock art traditions, and other
ritual uses. Overall, students will learn about the unique
contribution of cave sites to our understanding of eastern North
American prehistory from preservation issues to geological formation
processes, and learn how the local cave archaeology fits into a wider
global context through comparisons with European, African, and
Australian archaeological and rock art typologies. Students will gain
an appreciation for conditions in caves that affect the application of
archaeological methods and techniques and have an opportunity to apply
those techniques in a cave setting.


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