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Summer Program: Issues in Indigenous Archaeology and Introduction to Field Archaeology

Summer Program: Issues in Indigenous Archaeology and Introduction to Field Archaeology

July 12-31, 2020

Issues in Indigenous Archaeology and Introduction to Field Archaeology
Course Location: Sqoyaw Community, Taichung, Taiwan
Open to: NCCU Students (PhD / Master / Bachelor)
Course Language: English


  • Dr. Da-Wei (Daya) Kuan, Ethnology, National Chengchi University
  • Dr. Stephen Acabado, Anthropology, UCLA

Course Description: An archaeological field methods class that focuses on indigenous landscapes in Taiwan will accompany the seminar. We will conduct a two-week field survey of the Sqoyaw terraces, introducing students to field methodology and working directly with Sqoyaw community stakeholders. Students participating in the two-week field survey will learn how to conduct archaeological field research; share the results of their studies by writing research papers and doing public presentations; and be actively involved in public outreach activities. The field season will be divided into blocks of activities, geared toward achieving the goals of the project. Activities will focus on site survey and surface mapping but may include mortuary and shell midden excavations, processing of artifacts while in the field, and laboratory analyses. Lectures and discussions will be held every evening to guide students to complete their research projects.


  1. The course will take place in July 2020, with credits registered in semester 109-1.
  2. If the course is affected by COVID-19, we will follow the instructions from the government and announce a backup plan.
  3. The course is currently in the process of discussing with Sqoyaw community members. We will ask for the permission from Sqoyaw community before our course work starts, and hope to collaborate with the community.

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This program is supported by NCCU and the Taiwan Studies Lectureship, with funding from the Department of International and Cross-Strait Education, Ministry of Education, Taiwan, represented by the Education Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles. Additional support from the J. Yang and Family Foundation.

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Published: Thursday, April 9, 2020