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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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Exploring the Foundations of Notre Dame

Exploring the Foundations of Notre Dame

Archaeology at Old College

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The 1991 excavations at the Old College site were inspired by the rich and well-preserved deposits found in 1985 and had several purposes. The first was to gather archaeological data that can be used to increase the understanding of the historical events associated with the founding of the University of Notre Dame. A secondary goal was the assessment of the historic significance of archaeological deposits at the site to determine whether the characteristics of these deposits were such that the site would merit further investigation, preservation, or nomination to the National Register of Historic Places or the Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures. The third goal was to provide excavation experience for students in the 1991 Notre Dame Field School in Archaeology. The course carried six hours of credit and introduced students to the theories, methods, techniques, aims, and ethics of professional archaeological fieldwork.

Keywords:   Old College, archaeological data, University of Notre Dame, archaeological deposits, National Register of Historic Places, Notre Dame Field School, archaeology

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