Archaeological Field School Orientation at MUN Botanical Garden

Jun 23rd, 2016

Dept. of Archaeology

Archaeological Field School Orientation (ARCH-3583)
Archaeological Field School Orientation at MUN Botanical Garden

Students participating in the Archaeological Field School Orientation (ARCH-3583) had a unique experiential learning opportunity at MUN Botanical Garden during the Spring intercession.

Twelve years ago, professors of the Department of Archaeology designed an artificial burial ground featuring several synthetic (plastic) skeletons evoking different crime scenes. The objective of this project was to implement, not long after the artificial burial ground was created, a forensic archaeology field school. Various reasons lead to the abandonment of the project and the artificial archaeological site was left undisturbed for almost fifteen years.

Earlier this Spring, landscape work at the Botanical Garden lead to the rediscovery of two skeletons in the artificial burial ground. This was a fantastic occasion for Dr. Catherine Losier and her students to go out of the classroom and learn archaeological techniques directly in the field. The Archaeology Field School (ARCH 3585-3586) taking place in Tors Cove between June 27th and August 5th 2016 will be the occasion for the students to bring their new knowledge and techniques on a real archaeological site as they will excavate the migratory fishing site located on Lower beach.


Department of Archaeology

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000