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Hands-On Experience

From our Tin City excavation on campus to digs in Florida; Egypt; and Jezreel, Israel, students in UE's Archaeology program have numerous opportunities for hands-on experience in college, preparing them to succeed in the field after graduation.

Archaeological Excavations

Archaeology and art history majors have the opportunity to take part in archaeological field schools and other programs all over the world. In the last few years, our majors have excavated at sites in North America and abroad at sites in the UK, Spain, Italy, Greece, Macedonia, Mongolia, Israel, Peru, and Belize. Closer to Evansville, students participate in Indiana University's excavations at Angel Mounds State Historical Site and excavations at New Harmony cosponsored by the University of Southern Indiana.

In 2011, 70 majors took part in excavations in Florida, New Mexico, Texas, Egypt, Hungary, Italy, Romania, and Turkey. Some have interned in museums and other institutions in Evansville, Chicago, Bloomington, Colorado, Florida, and Virginia. In addition, five archaeology majors took part in a three-week interdisciplinary summer session in Jordan led by UE faculty in archaeology, history, and international studies.

Our majors also have the opportunity to excavate a site on the Evansville campus: Tin City. After World War II, many American veterans took advantage of the GI Bill and attended college. The returning veterans swelled enrollment at what was then known as Evansville College and put a strain on student housing. To help alleviate the housing shortage, Evansville College used federal money to construct 13 residential units on campus. The units were reserved for the veterans of World War II, and later the Korean War, along with their families. Evansville College administrators christened the apartment complex "College Court," but students quickly dubbed the development "Tin City" because of the aluminum siding on the buildings. The units were used until 1961 when they were razed as a result of dwindling numbers of veterans and the need for space to build Moore Residence Hall, Krannert Hall of Fine Arts, Wheeler Concert Hall, and Neu Chapel.

As a project for their Field Techniques course, archaeology students conduct an excavation to learn more about the residents of Tin City through their material culture (i.e. the things people use and eventually discard). The artifacts discovered shed light on the lives of the men, women, and children who lived in the complex.