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January 25, 2008
Adventurers Wanted for Anthropology Class
Harrison Ford will be reprising his role as the snake fearing archaeologist, Indiana Jones, in this summer's sure-to-be-blockbuster movie "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," because even after nearly 20 years since the film's last installment, snakes and skulls still sell.
This spring, College of the Canyons will be offering Anthropology 105: An Introduction to Archaeology and Prehistory, a class that blends the fields of archaeology and anthropology and provides students with a global overview of archaeology and human prehistory from human origins to the development of state societies.
"Archaeology provides an incredibly important perspective about the world," said Richard Martinez, chair of the anthropology department at the college.
"The course will change the way students look at the world," added Martinez. "It will both whet their appetite to see it first-hand and deepen their understanding of the past and the need to preserve and protect it."
Borrowing from many other fields such as geology, geography, botany and anatomy, the class will introduce students to working with data and obtaining field and laboratory experience without being a science major. Students can also acquire useful skills in measuring, statistical description and critical thinking.
Held on Wednesdays from 7 to 10 p.m. at the College of the Canyons Valencia campus, the class will be taught by Matthew Curtis, a working archaeologist who is currently doing research on early humans in Africa.