Open Acadia is Acadia University's initiative to offer flexible programming and learning opportunities to Acadia students and the greater community. Our programming goes beyond the scope of the conventional university experience to offer education to youths, seniors, and working professionals.
Our new video gives insight into one of the most intriguing courses of the summer: Field Archaeology. Instructor Aaron Taylor and students Maura, Deniz, and Zach share their perspectives on what sets the course apart from traditional study, and what it's like to embark on an archaeological dig. Watch now on YouTube.
It's springtime here at Acadia University! For many students, this can mean convocation, summer employment, traveling, or returning home. But it can also be an opportunity for interesting learning opportunities.
Each summer offers some truly unique experiences, from kayaking to archaeology. In HIST 2693: Field Archaeology, Acadia students literally dug through the layer's of Wolfville's history under the guidance of archaeologist Aaron Taylor. The course offered a special opportunity to develop new skills in a truly hands-on environment.
After conducting 10 days of field work outside Randall House Museum, where they acquired field skills and knowledge, the students returned to campus to process the artifacts in the laboratory.
In a relatively short, two-week dig, in only a small patch of the Wolfville landscape, the students unearthed hundreds of ceramic and pottery shards, dozens of nails, flint, a penny, and more, mostly dating back to the 19th century. It's surprising to see what kinds of things lie below the surface of our small town!