The Campus as Cultural Landscape


in Beneath the Ivory Tower

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034225
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039602 | DOI:
The Campus as Cultural Landscape

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Collegiate identity is strongly connected to places — student residences, libraries, athletic facilities, theaters — where students spend their time and have memorable experiences. Campus field experiences should build a deeper connection to the entire campus as a cultural landscape, shaped over time by the actions and intentions of a variety of stakeholders, including the students themselves. The goal is to create an experience that creates a sense of social identity and responsibility connected to the campus, of course, but also to the conservation of cultural landscapes and heritage sites everywhere. This chapter is a reflection of experiences in teaching archaeological field methods at Stanford University. It presents a new approach to the special teaching opportunity presented by field school excavations on a college campus. The approach brings together strands from recent writing on the teaching of archaeology, the revival of liberal education, and cultural geographies.

Keywords: collegiate identity; campus; cultural landscape; social identity; field methods; excavations; archaeology; liberal education

Chapter.  4913 words. 

Subjects: History and Theory of Archaeology

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