Arizona, US: Migrant Material Culture Project - Ethnoarchaeology of Undocumented Migration
Instructor: Dr. Jason de Leon
Since the mid-1990s, thousands of undocumented migrants from Mexico and beyond have entered the U.S. on foot through the harsh Sonora Desert of Arizona. Migrants carry backpacks loaded with food, clothing and provisions and often walk for days to reach places such as Tucson and Phoenix. Along the way, people eat, sleep, and discard artifacts at temporary migrant campsites known as “lay-up” sites. The Migrant Material Culture Project studies lay-up sites using traditional archaeological methods and ethnography to better understand the complex social, political, economic, and environmental issues currently surrounding modern undocumented migration into the United States.
This program involves an application process. Students are asked to submit the application documents and one (1) recommendation letter by February 1, 2010. Acceptance notifications will be sent by February 21, 2010. Archaeological work involves physical work in the outdoors. You should be aware that conditions in the field are different from those you experience in your home or college town. This program operates during the summer and students will be exposed to the elements while in the field. Good boots, working cloths, and sun protective gear (hat, sunglasses and sunscreen) are necessary and mandatory.
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