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Beneath the Ivory TowerThe Archaeology of Academia$
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Russell K. Skowronek and Kenneth E. Lewis

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034225

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034225.001.0001

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The Campus as Cultural Landscape

The Campus as Cultural Landscape

Archaeology and the Formation of Collegiate Identity

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Collegiate identity is strongly connected to places — student residences, libraries, athletic facilities, theaters — where students spend their time and have memorable experiences. Campus field experiences should build a deeper connection to the entire campus as a cultural landscape, shaped over time by the actions and intentions of a variety of stakeholders, including the students themselves. The goal is to create an experience that creates a sense of social identity and responsibility connected to the campus, of course, but also to the conservation of cultural landscapes and heritage sites everywhere. This chapter is a reflection of experiences in teaching archaeological field methods at Stanford University. It presents a new approach to the special teaching opportunity presented by field school excavations on a college campus. The approach brings together strands from recent writing on the teaching of archaeology, the revival of liberal education, and cultural geographies.

Keywords:   collegiate identity, campus, cultural landscape, social identity, field methods, excavations, archaeology, liberal education

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