Over the last 23 years students from Fresno State have taken the Anthropology department’s Archeological Field School (Grandad). So, what has the Grandad Experience meant to these students? What follows is, in their own words, what Grandad has meant to some of these students.
The Grandad field school in Boot Jack California is an essential part of the archaeological program at Fresno State. For me, doing archaeology in the field cemented the methodological concepts I learned in the classroom. Additionally, with hands on lessons, the Grandad field school was a valuable place to learn about Native American culture.
Apart from the benefits of learning methodology and culture, the experience of doing archaeological excavation also helped to form cohesion between classmates. Personally, this cohesion played a big role during the regular semester. Bonds created during field school provided a feeling of place and acceptance within the Anthropology program. I feel this sense of place is crucial to academic success.
I hope that the Grandad field school will be available to future students so that they can have the same growing and learning experiences that I had.
2008 Grandad Alumni