Anthropology and Archaeology students at Scottsdale Community College (SCC) recently joined other volunteers at Pueblo Grande Museum, in Phoenix, which is home to a Hohokam Platform Mound (more than 1,000 years old), to help stabilize the mound with a special mix of mud and glue to prevent erosion.
Students in the Buried Cities & Lost Tribes: New World; Buried Cities & Lost Tribes: Old World; and Bones, Stones and Human Evolution classes received extra credit to participate.
“This is a service to the community and the history of Arizona, said Dr. Lisa Marsio, SCC Professor of Archaeology & Biological Anthropology and Behavioral Sciences Day Department Chair. “Students experience archaeological conservation at work and now have some buy-in to the preservation of the mound.” She plans to incorporate this activity as a regular service-learning event in her department.
SCC’s Associate in Arts (AA), Anthropology degree provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to specialize in anthropology. Students can easily transfer their credits to a four-year university. With a bachelor`s degree, students may pursue a career as a social science research assistant. With a graduate degree, students may pursue employment opportunities in several careers, including anthropologists, archaeologists, anthropology and archaeology professors, ethnic and cultural studies professors, and curators.