Center offers a variety of professional
Working with the University of Marylandís Office of Continuing and Extended Education and the Study Abroad Office, the Center offers courses and training seminars both on-campus and off. Our courses are taught by University of Maryland faculty and Center affiliates and partners from a broad range of heritage management agencies and organizations, representing a wide range of disciplines, including cultural anthropology, archaeology, historic preservation, community development, environmental sciences, and others. We are continually working to expand our course offerings. Following our list of upcoming courses are descriptions of past courses conducted by the Center.
National Science Foundation Research Experience
for Undergraduates Program
(online courses developed by the National Park Service Archeology and Ethnography Program)
(held at the University of Maryland Inn and Conference Center on October 27-8, 2004, in conjunction with the National Park Service Archeology and Ethnography Program, and the University of Marylandís Office of Continuing Education)
This course provided a series of lectures and discussion focused on interdisciplinary issues in archaeology and interpretation from the perspective of parks, museums, tourists and others. This course was offered as a two-day training seminar for those interested in and responsible for programs in archeological research, interpretation, and education in public parks and historical sites. Speakers focused on the connection between compelling stories about the archaeological past and the publicís continued stewardship of cultural resources that make up collective heritage. The training seminar was the first module of a four-course training program on Effective Interpretation of Archaeological Resources in support of National Park Service shared competency in Archaeology and Interpretation:Module 440: Effective Interpretation of Archeological Resources.
(Held at the Society for American Archaeology 2001 Annual Meeting)
This course provided an introduction to ArcView, GIS and a basic outline of archaeological application. Practical skills were emphasized in the intense, day long course, including sourcing and importing background maps, integrating GPS date into maps and geo-referencing floating grid site data (e.g., CAD or manually drafted). A sample GIS, as an active site excavation mapping database, was also constructed through digitizing and geocoding archaeological data. Each student will have his or her individual computer workstation.
(Held at the Society for American Archaeology 2001 Annual Meeting
Instructors for this course were a cultural resource manager and a representative of the state government. The co-instructors shared their own individual perspectives as client and service providers. Participants learned what materials to include in their contract proposals and how to effectively present information, such as data. Participants learned what elements make successful proposals and how to manage contracts once they receive them. There also was ample opportunity for questions and discussion.
(Held in 2001 and 2002 at the Ename Center for Public Archaeology and Heritage Presentation, Belgium)
This course surveyed the rich and varied archaeological and historic heritage of Flanders and its multicultural European past during the past 2000 years. Flanders' heritage was examined through archaeology, historical texts, art and architecture, public interpretation and presentation, and tourism.
Beginning with excavations at the premiere medieval site at Ename, students participated in uncovering the medieval settlement, churches and monastery, and in analysis of material culture. The course also addressed the historic and ecological context at Ename, its presentation to the public using state-of-the-art virtual reality technologies, and the involvement of the local community in the development of the site. Visits to other contemporary medieval churches and monasteries illustrated different methods of heritage interpretation to the public. Through presentations of historic battlefields in Europe, with a focus on Flanders Field and Waterloo, students critiqued approaches to presenting a disputed past and techniques of exploring multiple perspectives.