There are 13 total courses in the program, all of which have accompanying lists of suggested readings (Bibliography) and definitions of terms (Glossary) relevant to that subject. Courses range from eight to 25 hours in length, and are taught in 13 locations throughout Colorado. Each of the 13 courses apply toward the requirements of at least one PAAC certificate. There is one course specifically developed for the Laboratory module, a prerequisite to certification as a Laboratory Trainee and Laboratory Technician. One other course (Rock Art Studies) applies toward one of the options for certification as a Specialty Surveyor. All 13 courses must be passed to earn the Scholar certificate; two of those classes are specific to the requirements in this area. Nine courses--three at each level of certification--are applicable to the requirements for earning up to three certificates in the Surveyor module.
Basic summary of the field of archaeology, common terminology, and Colorado's place in North American prehistory. Also describes the PAAC program in detail, and the functions of the Colorado Archaeological Society (CAS) including interactions with the Office of the State Archaeologist of Colorado. State & federal laws protecting archaeological resources and codes-of-ethics also are covered.
History of archaeological survey, site identification, formation processes, survey methods, recording procedures, basic equipment usage, reading USGS topographic maps, goals and problems of archaeological survey. A field trip to identify and record a site. Curation of archaeological remains and necessity for final reports.
Covers the history of excavation in archaeology, developments in excavation techniques, importance of planning and research designs, field procedures, recording & documentation, lab duties and report writing responsibilities. A classroom experience, this course does not involve actual field training.
Overview of the purpose of an archaeological laboratory and the processing sequence for artifacts and other collected materials through a laboratory including receiving, sorting, routing, cleaning, cataloguing, conservation, analysis, reporting and storage. Class Outline. Bibliography & Glossary.