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Fall 2018-2019
* HUM 350 / ART 302 / AMS 352 (HA)   na, npdf

Battle Lab: The Battle of Princeton

Nathan T. Arrington
Rachael Z. DeLue

Revolution! Espionage! Alexander Hamilton! George Washington! Cannon fire on Nassau Hall! This fall, think outside of the classroom and explore the past in your own backyard: Revolutionary-era Princeton and the physical remains of the legendary battle between American and British forces on January 3, 1777. What happened on that day? Who died? Where are their bones? Why are lawyers fighting over the land? In this new, interdisciplinary course, you will undertake to answer these questions and help solve the longstanding puzzle of the Battle of Princeton. In the process, you will explore how events of the past persistently shape the present day.

Sample reading list:
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton: An American Musical
D. Scott, L. Babits, C. Haecker, Fields of Conflict: Battefield Archaeology
James Fenimore Cooper, The Spy
S. Schama, Dead Certainties (Unwarranted Speculations)
M. Kammen, The American Revolution and the Historical Imagination
R. Parkinson, The Common Cause: Creating Race and Nation

Reading/Writing assignments:
Three group writing assignments: 1) a research plan for archaeological exploration of the site; 2) a proposal for presentation of the site to the public; 3) a plan for the preservation of the site

Paper in lieu of Final - 20%
Papers - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Other Requirements:
Community-Engaged Learning Component Required

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Students will participate in excavation, metal detecting, ground-penetrating radar, and artifact analysis. Transportation will be provided to the Princeton Battlefield (1.5 miles from campus). The seminar will also visit nearby historic sites and landmarks..

Other information:
First and second year students are encouraged to enroll. No application required, no previous experience with art history or archaeology is expected. Course will provide an introduction to the analysis of material and visual culture. Students in the HUM certificate program may use this course to fulfill capstone seminar requirement, fulfills the fieldwork requirement for the certificate program in Archaeology and the course may also be used to satisfy an AMS certificate requirement.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23378 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm F   McCormick Hall   104   Enrolled:18 Limit:15 Closed