Lifelong Learning Archaeology Courses
Lifelong Learning courses are designed primarily for students age 50 and over. Not all listed courses are offered each semester. See schedule of Lifelong Learning classes to find current schedules, location, dates, and costs.
Archaeology: 12,000 Years of Montgomery County’s Past, LLI-668 - Hours: 15
Ever wonder about when people first came to Montgomery County and what their lives were like? Join Montgomery College archaeologists for a first-hand look at remains from the last 12,000 years found at local prehistoric sites. After the first in-class meeting, you will have lectures on locations of historic sites including camps, quarries, rock shelters (pre- historic motels), and Indian villages. Note: There is a fair amount of walking involved. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.
Hands-on Archaeology, LLI-576 - Hours: 12
Ever wonder how archaeologists do what they do in the field? This could be your chance to really dig in and get your hands dirty. Working with the Montgomery County Parks and Planning office and Montgomery College professors, an un-explored pre-historic site has been identified and is waiting for your help in the excavation phase. All you have to do is sign up and you will receive hands-on training in the field and perhaps be the first person to find an artifact that has been lost for 4,000 years. Classes will be held outside and will require a moderate amount of walking and physical activity digging and screening. Those who want to observe and learn with less physical activity are also welcome. Excavation site will be specified in class. Questions may be ad- dressed to email@example.com. or eugenia. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Introduction to Archaeological Lab Methods, ILL-552 – Hours: 12
Have you ever found a broken piece of ceramic or perhaps an arrowhead and wanted to know more about it? If so, join us in the Archaeology Lab and learn what archaeologists do with artifacts once they are unearthed. You will have hands-on training and gain valuable skills that can lead to future volunteer work and employment opportunities in the field of archeology. Work with a professional archeologist to analyze artifacts under a microscope and to classify and date historic and pre-historic finds. This course meets the standards of the Montgomery County Department of Archaeology for the processing and curating of artifacts. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.
Archaeology: Great Cities of the Past, ILL-666 - Hours: 12
Learn how to use archaeological data to examine the wonderful diversity of ancient cities. Drawing from examples across the world, you will take a comparative and cross-cultural approach to understand how and why cities develop, expand, and decline. Your journey will take you across the world from the earliest examples of the urban form in ancient Mesopotamia, through the still-occupied great cities of Europe such as Rome, to the once great capital cities of Africa and the Americas (Benin, Cahokia, Xi’an, and Macchu Picchu), and the less well-known cities of Asia. This course will incorporate short films and video clips to indulge in virtual ‘travel’ and follow in the footsteps of the archaeologists who worked at these sites. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only. You must purchase textbook(s)/materials and bring them to the first class.