Mail: info@gulfarchaeology.org


GARI Academy 2017 Course Schedule

Tuition & Logistics

Most GARI courses meet anywhere from 3 to 8 times and each class meeting will cover a different portion of the class’s topic. A syllabus will be provided when you register. All GARI courses are offered for a nominal fee based on the number of contact hours. This covers course materials including handouts, building use fees, and helps provide funding that GARI can use to protect and preserve important archaeological sites in Florida. So, not only do you get a first rate education by a highly qualified instructor, but you are contributing to our preservation efforts. Bios for all the instructors can be found on our website: www.gulfarchaeology.org under the About Us tab or by clicking here.

* Please Note - we will be finalizing course details over the next few weeks. Many classes have the dates as 'coming soon'. Please check back at the end of April and we will have them updated with times and locations.

Course list last updated: May 2, 2017

If you see something that is not yet scheduled and you are interested please let us know and we will get it scheduled!


Payments

To register please email or call Dr. Michelle Sivilich at michelle@gulfarchaeology.org, (732) 995-3818 to claim your space. Each class has a minimum number of students needed for it to run. Once the minimum number has been reached you will be sent a link to securely pay online. If you would prefer you can complete a from that will be emailed to you and you can mail your check to the address below or make arrangements to bring it to the first class.

Our mailing address is:

Gulf Archaeological Research Institute
5990 N. Tallahassee Road
Crystal River, FL 34428

Payments are due in full by the first day of class. If you have any questions please email or call (732) 995-3818 or (352) 464-4274.

Group rates and specialty classes are available upon request.

 

Policies

Please check the website to ensure you have the most up-to-date course schedule. Cancellations can be made up to a week prior to class for a refund (full cost of tuition minus 2.9% credit card transaction fee if paid online, full refund for checks). Cancellations made with less than 1 week notice are refunded tuition minus $20 processing fee. Any checks returned for insufficient funds funds will be charged a $25 fee. Group rates and specialty classes can often be arranged upon request.

 

Course Organization

GARI offers courses in the areas of Social Science, Natural Science, and Physical Science. Under the division of Social Science courses are broken out into the following topical areas:

PRE - Prehistory and prehistoric archaeology

HIST - History and historical archaeology

ANC - Old world history and archaeology

ANT - Anthropology and sociology

TEC - Ancient Technology related classes

NAT - Natural Science classes

PHYS - Physical Science classes

 

Scroll below the calendar to see a full listing and description of all the courses being offered

 

Social Science Courses Scheduled (listed by course number)

TEC I - Prehistoric Ceramics: complexity through simplicity- form and function.

Review of early pottery making methods and styles from across the globe with a focus on the practical skills of construction.

Projects: pinch pot animal effigy (Cahokia), coil vessel (Jomon), sculpted fetish figure and adornments (stone age Europe), oil lamp (Middle East) 

Project skills: pinch and coil methods, slip and score, carving and sculpting methods

Dates: May 8, May 15, May 22

Time: Session A (morning) 9am-12pm or Session B (afternoon) 1pm-4pm

Intensity: 9 hours total, 3 ssessions

Cost: $100 + $10 Supplies = $110

Location: Gulf Archaeology Research Institute Offices, 5990 N. Tallahassee Rd., Crystal River, FL 34428

 

ANC I - Ancient Rome Through Coins

This course will introduce the world of ancient Rome by using its coins to tell the story of its history, culture and language.  The basic monetary denominations will be discussed as they developed through time and the images as well as inscriptions will be used as a way of discussing Roman civilization.  Participants will learn how to identify and interpret ancient Roman coinage as well as gain insight into the world of Ancient Rome.  This course will be taught by Dr. Jason Lundock, a Roman Coins specialist who has worked for institutions such as the British Museum, the Portable Antiquities Scheme, and the Appleton Museum of Art.

Dates: Thursdays, July 13 and 20

Time: 3-5pm

Intensity: 4 hours total, 2 sessions

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Location: This class is being run through Master The Possibilities at On Top of the World in Ocala. To register please visit http://www.masterthepossibilities.org/ (Note the summer catalog is not yet available - more information will be added once available)

 

ANC II - Introduction to the Study of Coins

This class will introduce students to the methods and practices of studying coins and other forms of currency.  The history of currency will be addressed.  The study of imagery, iconography and epigraphy will be covered across different cultures.  Both ancient and modern forms of money will be studied.  At the end of the course, students will have have acquired the basic skills to observe and interpret forms of currency from any culture or time. This course will be taught by Dr. Jason Lundock, whose specialty is in metal objects from ancient Greece and Rome. 

Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays, October 2nd, 4th, 9th, 11th 16th, 18th, 23rd, 25th

Time: To Be Determined

Intensity: 16 total hours, 8 sessions

Cost: $175

Location: To Be Determined


ANC III - Introduction to Ancient Greece and Rome

This class will introduce the culture of Ancient Greece and Rome and discuss how the political and religious structures of these societies have nurtured our own.  Topics of history, philosophy and archaeology will be discussed in order to convey the core values of these ancient cultures.  Students of this course will receive the ability to discuss the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome from a perspective of education and understanding, while also having the ability to view their own society through the lens of the classical world. 

Dates: Thursdays and Saturdays, December 2nd, 7th, 9th, 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 28th

Time: To Be Determined

Intensity: 16 total hours, 8 sessions

Cost: $175

Location: To Be Determined

ANC V - The Archaeology of Colonial Environments


This course will introduce students to the methods and process of studying colonial environments as an archaeologist.  Environments reviewed will include ancient, modern, Old World and New World environments.  Topics addressed will include the development of colonial institutions, means of control, economics, family dynamics, the creation and expression of identity as well as the dissolution of colonial power structures.

Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 5th, 7th, 12th, 14th, 19th, 21st, 26th, and 28th

Time: To Be Determined

Intensity: 16 hours total, 8 sessions

Cost: $175

Location: To Be Determined

ANC VI - Greek and Latin Epigraphy: Reading the Words of the Ancients

This course will introduce students to the principals or reading Greek and Latin epigraphy and inscriptions.  Coins, political inscriptions, religious altars, funerary monuments and graffiti will all be utilized in order to offer a broad exposure to the interpretation of writing in the ancient Mediterranean world.  No prior knowledge of ancient Greek or Latin will be necessary to enjoy this course.  Students will be provided with handouts and online resources as part of the taught experience.  This course will be taught by Dr. Jason Lundock, an archaeologist and researcher who has worked extensively with ancient inscriptions for institutions such as the Palestine Exploration Fund, the British Museum, and the Appleton Museum of Art.

Dates: Tuesdays, August 1, 8, 15, 22

Time: 3-5pm

Intensity: 8 hours total, 4 sessions

Cost:

Location: This class is being run through Master The Possibilities at On Top of the World in Ocala. To register please visit http://www.masterthepossibilities.org/ (Note the summer catalog is not yet available - more information will be added once available)

 

 

Social Science Courses To Be Scheduled

ANC IV - Religion in the Art of the Ancient Mediterranean World

This course will introduce students to the use of religious imagery in the art of the cultures of ancient Egypt, the Levant, Greece, Rome, and western Europe.  Traditions across this area will be discussed.  Students will gain the skills to observe and analyze religious iconography from these cultures and will be able to apply these skills to objects they view from archive and museum collections around the world.  This course will be taught by Dr. Jason Lundock, who has years of research and publication experience in the use of religious iconography in cultures such as ancient Egypt, Rome, and Medieval Europe.

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PRE I - Prehistoric People of Florida

This course reviews the 14,000 year old history of people in Florida before European contact. Archaeological examples highlight the lives of Florida's first people ranging from mastodon hunters to the canals and mounds of the Calusa. This course is presented by GARI research associate Sean P. Norman, a specialist in coastal archaeology of Florida.

Dates: Coming Soon Summer 2017

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PRE II - What is Prehistoric Archaeology

This course provides a solid overview of the nature of the science of prehistoric archaeology and how it brings the past alive.

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PRE III - Complex Cultures of the Nature Coast

This course explores the prehistoric people of Florida's Central Gulf coast. Archaeology is combined with geology and ecology to examine how the coast changed over time and how that impacted early Floridians. Topics include the role of sea level rise, changing technologies, the use of shell, and mound construction along the Nature Coast.

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HIST I - Indigenous People of Florida

This academic course is designed to provide an overview of the diverse lifeways of the Indigenous people of Florida from their first contact with Europeans to the Seminole War Period. The course will address the archaeological and historical literature and look at all of the historically known tribes across Florida. The course will be taught by Gary D. Ellis, Director Emeritus GARI who brings over 40 years as a practicing professional archaeologist to the classroom.  

Dates: To be Determined

Time: 6-9pm

Intensity: 9 total hours, 3 sessions

Cost: $100

Location: Crystal River Preserve State Park Auditorium, 3266 Sailboat Avenue, Crystal River, FL 34428

HIST II - What is Historic Archaeology

This course is designed to provide an overview of the science of archaeology with a historic perspective of key developments that moved the science from its antiquarian roots to that of a modern holistic science. This course will integrate information of historic Florida archaeology and how it verifies history and contributes to the understanding of colonial and territorial societies. This course will look at how archaeological methods and technology are applied and the variety of information derived through field and laboratory research. The course will be taught by Gary D. Ellis, Director Emeritus GARI who brings over 40 years as a practicing professional archaeologist to the classroom.  

Dates: Coming Soon

Time: 6-9pm

Intensity: 9 total hours, 3 sessions

Cost: $100

Location: Crystal River Preserve State Park Auditorium, 3266 Sailboat Avenue, Crystal River, FL 34428


HIST III - Archaeology of Territorial Florida

Discover the history of settlement in the region during Florida’s early history.

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HIST IV - Archaeology of The Seminole Wars

Did you know the 2nd Seminole War was one of the longest and most expensive wars in US history? This course examines the three conflicts that dominated life in Florida for over 40 years (1817-1858). Use a combined archaeological and historical perspective to learn about this time that shaped a state, challenged the US military, and transformed the Seminole people.

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HIST V - Studies in Material Culture

Ever wonder how archaeologists can identify artifacts, especially when they tend to be tiny little pieces of objects? Learn about commonly found artifacts and the rich history of how they were made, traded, and used. Learn how glass bottles were made and how technology changed through time. Discover the fascinating history and beauty of early colonial ceramics.

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TEC II - Classical Ceramics: culture, status and narrative through  decoration

Review of how form and surface decoration reflects cultural narratives. 

Projects: Black and red narrative plate (Greek), glyph cup (Mayan), flower and geometric pattern tiles (Islamic)

Project skills: pinch, coil and slab construction, carving and sculpting methods, drawing and underglaze painting methods

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TEC III - Ceramics: modern influence and cross cultural exchange

Review of the processes of cultural exchange via trade, population movement and conquest and how it effects the use of materials and stylistic elements

Projects: ugly mugs (Appalachia), raku tea bowls (Japan)

Project skills: wheel throwing, carving and sculpture methods, glaze application,  raku methods

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Natural Science Courses To Be Scheduled

NAT I - Natural History of the Nature Coast

Learn about the nature and extent of vertebrate life, survival and extinction along the Nature Coast.

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Physical Science Courses To Be Scheduled

PHYS Ia - Introduction to Weather and Climate Change: Local and Global Connections

Whether one likes to follow local weather for business, recreation, or if you are curious about climate and climate change issues, this class will educate and challenge you. It will provide basic information about weather, climate, and climate change processes.  Learners will be able to grasp the nature of Florida’s weather and climate processes as a local connection within larger scale and global patterns.  The class is intended to explain basic meteorological concepts, where to find data sources, and tools for learners who want to pursue their own interests.  The instructor will provide you with a brief history of weather data collection and where and how you can acquire almost any bit of information you desire.  A separate and more in-depth class, PHYS IB: Introduction to Climate Change and Climate Variability, can be offered to students if there is enough interest.  PHYS 1A is a pre-requisite for enrollment in PHYS IB. Taught by Ken Nash, BS, MS; Dir. Physical Sciences and Climatology, GARI. Ken is a retired Air Force Meteorologist, and was an adjunct instructor for 19 years at The College of Central Florida, teaching earth science, meteorology, and environmental science courses. The instructor, Ken Nash, is a retired Air Force Meteorologist, was an adjunct instructor for 19 years at The College of Central Florida, teaching earth science, meteorology, and environmental science courses.  He holds a BS in Physics from Georgia Tech, and an MS in Atmospheric Sciences from Creighton University.  He has been with Gulf Archaeology Research Institute since 1996 and is currently the Director of Physical Sciences and Climatology.     

Dates: April 8

Time: 9:30-12:30

Intensity: 3 hours total, 1 session

Cost: $40

Location: Citrus County, TBD

 

PHYS Ib - Introduction to Climate Change and Climate Variability

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