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AUGUSTANA FACULTY LED: The Anthropology of Rock Art: Caves of France
Paris, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer
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Housing Options:
Dormitory, Other
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Course Leader:
Carlson, Kristen, Reich, Anna
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Program Provider:
Augustana University
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Areas of Study:
Anthropology, Archaeology
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Additional Prerequisites:
Academic Good Standing, Dean of Students Approval, Faculty Leader Approval
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Additional Fees:
$150 IPO Administrative Fee
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This course provides a deep and meaningful background in archaeology, art and symbolism. We will travel through the rock art caves of France and Spain. Local experts in Upper Paleolithic archaeology will join students to explore the rock art caves and discuss the archaeological history of the region as well as the challenges archaeologists face in preserving these unique and fragile sites. Students will learn to analyze archaeological sites from an anthropological perspective. This course will investigate the origins of art and symbolism by studying the methods of representation employed in the rock art. Students will learn how sequential art has developed over centuries and increase their awareness of the similarities and differences between prehistoric and contemporary art. Students will also learn basic camera functions and photographic techniques at the start of the course and generate a digital portfolio that integrates the ideas of iconography, symbolism, and visual literacy. Throughout this course students will consider art’s ability to communicate and the role rock art plays in human society, both past and present. 
This 3-credit course will:
1) Count as an ANTH elective for Majors and Minors.
2) Count as Area P Category : Non-Western Societies pending approval from the SOPHIA committee.
3) Count as Area A Category: Theater, Music, and Visual Art pending approval of from the SOPHIA committee.
4) Count as Graduate Level Coursework.  Please contact the instructor for details.

Estimated Course Costs 
Tuition for 3 undergraduate credits: $1,230
Tuition for 3 graduate credits: $1,470
Program Fees (includes in-country lodging, transportation, entrance fees and meals): $3,800-$4,200
Estimate of flights (to be booked individually): $1,200-$1,500

Required Text
Readings will be assigned from the following sources:
2003 Chalmin, Emilie, Michel Menu, and Colette Vignaud. "Analysis of rock art painting and technology of Palaeolithic painters." Measurement Science and Technology 14.9: 1590.
2008 Clottes, Jean. Cave art. London: Phaidon.
2009 Jurado, Valme, et al. "The fungal colonisation of rock-art caves: experimental evidence." Naturwissenschaften 96.9: 1027-1034.
2002 Lewis-Williams, J. David. The mind in the cave: Consciousness and the origins of art. C. HURST & CO. PUBLISHERS
2011 Pruvost, Melanie, et al. "Genotypes of predomestic horses match phenotypes painted in Paleolithic works of cave art." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108.46: 18626-18630.
2012 Sadier, Benjamin, et al. "Further constraints on the Chauvet cave artwork elaboration." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109.21: 8002-8006.
2011 Saiz-Jimenez, Cesareo, et al. "Paleolithic art in peril: policy and science collide at Altamira Cave." Science 334.6052: 42-43.
1977 Susan Sontag, “In Plato’s Cave”
1986 White, Randall. Dark caves, bright visions: life in Ice Age Europe. American Museum of Natural History in association with WW Norton.
2001 Valladas, Hélène, et al. "Palaeolithic paintings: evolution of prehistoric cave art." Nature 413.6855: 479-479.

Additional Resources
Chauvet Cave:
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Participation/ Discussion: 25%
Punctuality, Attitude, Interest: 15%
Photo Journal: 30%Anthropological Journal: 30%

Course Directors
KCrockK.C. Carlson Ph.D.
Office phone: 605-274-5327

Dr. K.C. Carlson’s research focuses on paleoenvironmental reconstruction through the use of stable isotopes and trace elements. This research focuses predominantly on Paleoindian bison kills in North America. She has also studied bison herd manipulation and drive lane construction for bison jumps using GIS analysis. Dr. Carlson received a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma, and an M.A. from Northern Arizona University. During her time at Northern Arizona University she worked for the National Park service where she studied and preserved prehistoric Southwestern pueblo sites. In addition to Native North American studies she has engaged in projects in Japan, France and Great Britain.

ReichAnna Reich M.F.A
Office phone: 605-247-5426

Anna Reich is Assistant Professor of Art in photography and art education.  She earned her M.F.A from the Milton Avery School of Art at Bard College. Her photographic work investigates memory andidentity and has been exhibited throughout the U.S. as well as in Australia, Iceland, Lithuania and Russia.  She has received numerous grants including a travel grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Art (2013), a Fulbright Research Fellowship (2013-14), and an Artist as Activist Research Grant from the Robert Rauscenberg Foundation (2015). Reich has worked as a visiting artist and lecturer at both the Vilnius Art Academy in Lithuania and the Art Academy of Latvia. 

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Summer 2020 03/01/2020 03/01/2020 07/05/2020 07/26/2020
Summer 2021 03/15/2021 03/15/2021 TBA TBA
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