After visiting the ancient Greek palace complex of Knossos and the slave plantation ruins of Prospect Hill in the Bahamas for two month-long Cornell courses, American History major Cate LiaBraaten ’12 wrote a research paper comparing the two historic sites.
Since 1999, Iowa State Archaeologist John Doershuk has taught a course or two each year at Cornell, including Archaeology, Introduction to Archaeological Field Methods, Human Origins, and Indigenous Peoples and Cultures of North America. Doershuk also opens his lab at the University of Iowa to students for internships and independent research projects.
During Intro to Archaeological Field Methods, students gain firsthand insight into Iowa’s original inhabitants — one scoop of earth at a time.
Julia Clark ’06 says she was always interested in archaeology but had no idea it could be a viable career. A field archaeology course midway through her junior year at Cornell with State Archaeologist John Doershuk changed all that.
In 2007, a group of 35 Cornell students spent almost three weeks visiting archaeological sites throughout Greece, including Athens, Delphi, Olympia, Mycenae, Corinth, Bassae, and Crete. They also visited major museums, completed site report projects, and enjoyed all the sights, sounds, tastes, and fragrances of The Mediterranean.