Tanzania Field Study – Digital Modeling and African Culture


Summer Field Study 2013

If you’ve been considering engaging in fieldwork, but didn’t know how to get involved, the archaeology faculty at Rollins College may have the answer.  Prof. Jonathan Walz will lead a trip to Tanzania this July where students will have the opportunity to learn digital modeling techniques as well as explore Swahili culture.  If you are interested, contact either Prof. Walz jwalz@rollins.edu, or Prof. Vander Poppen rvanderpoppen@rollins.edu.

Revised Archaeology Minor Approved!

The Rollins College Academic Affairs Committee has given approval for a revised Archaeology Minor.  The new minor sets Rollins as a leader in the discipline with a curriculum geared toward best practices in the field.  The new minor emphasizes three types of classes: 1) Methodological Core Courses; 2) Geographic Surveys of the Archaeology of Specific Regions; and 3) Problem Oriented Courses that Examine socio-cultural themes from a cross-cultural perspective.  Current minors may choose to adopt either the new curriculum or finish with the old version.


SEVEN COURSES: two (2) core, two (2) geographical & three (3) electives

Core Courses (required)

  • ANT 228 Introduction to World Archaeology (Yearly: Walz)
  • ANT 323 Archaeological Field Methods and Research Design (Yearly; Walz) Prerequisites: one (1) archaeology course or ANT 210
Geographical Courses [two (2) of seven (7); at least one (1) Western & one (1) Non-Western]

  • ANT 231 Topics in Regional Archaeology (Based on Demand)
  • ANT 232 Archaeology of Africa (Tri-annually: alternate years w/Indian Ocean and South Asian): Walz; GenEd C
  • ANT 233 Indian Ocean in Antiquity (Tri-annually alternate years w/African and South Asian): Walz; GenEd C
  • ANT 234 Archaeology of South Asia (Tri-annually: alternate years w/ African Archaeology and Indian Ocean): Walz; GenEd C
  • ARH 235 Art and Archaeology of Near East and Egypt (Tri-annually (alternate years w/Greek World and Ancient Rome): VP; GenEd C
  • ARH 236 Art and Archaeology of Greek World (Tri-annually: alternate years w/Near East and Egypt and Ancient Rome): VP; GenEd D
  • ARH 237 Art and Archaeology of Roman Empire (Tri-annually: alternate years w/Near East and Egypt and Greek World): VP; GenEd D
Elective Courses (topical / methodological) [any three (3); at least two (2) must be 300-level; one (1) elective may be satisfied with an additional geographical course; 300-level courses require one (1) previous archaeology course or permission of instructor]

  • ANT 207 Topics in Anthropological Archaeology (Based on demand): Walz; GenEd varies based on course content
  • ANT 210 Human Evolution (Yearly; Lauer)
  • ANT 215 Human Ecology (Yearly; Berry-Hamilton)
  • ANT 229 Tools, Technology & Time (Yearly: Walz; GenEd P)
  • ANT 307 Topics in Anthropological Archaeology (Based on demand: Walz; GenEd varies based on course content)
  • ANT 370 Forensic Anthropology (Yearly: Lauer)
  • ARH 335 Topics in Art & Archaeology (Based on demand: VP; GenEd varies based on course content)
  • CLS 306 Topics in Classical Archaeology (Based on demand: VP; GenEd varies based on course content)

Rollins Archaeology Students Take on Role as Engaged Citizens from Day One

Almost as soon as they arrived on campus, students in two Rollins College Conference classes began to steward one of Rollins’ most unique resources for future generations of Tars. As part of SPARC Day, 30 students canoed along the Wekiva River to Shell Island where they spent the morning working with representatives from the Florida Department of Environmental Quality and Keep Wekiva Beautiful to clean up the site and repair and repost signs. Shell Island, located near Wekiva Springs, was a major center for Native American processing of freshwater mollusks during the Archaic phase of habitation in the St John’s River basin. The island was home to excavations by teams of Rollins students under the direction of Marion Stewart in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Part of the students’ coursework in Discovering Atlantis: Exploring Lost Cities will be to generate a series of promotional materials to raise awareness about the importance of the site among those using the Wekiva River for recreation. The aim is to produce materials that can be handed out to the public at points of access on the river such as the privately-owned eco-park Wekiva Island, which generously provided the canoes for the day.

Finding an Archaeological Excavation

Ever thought about participating in an Archaeological Excavation?

Human Stratigraphy: The Rollins College Archaeological Working Group, will be holding an interest meeting to discuss the various options for participating in archaeological digs throughout the world in CSS 100 on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7:00.  The plan is to talk about life on an archaeological dig, how to find a site, what to look for in a project and other important aspects of participating in field archaeology.  Join us for conversation and refreshments.