Sarah Yeh, of the History Department, envisions an archaeology course that would give students the chance to dig into the very soils of history, right in our own backyard. Along the northern banks of the Assabet River, about two miles from campus, sits the former home and land of Colonel James Barrett, who famously led the Massachusetts militia into the first days of the Revolutionary War. The town of Concord has purchased this archaeologically significant land, and Brandeis is setting up a field school and beginning excavations next year.
The faculty leadership initiative will be “incredibly useful,” Yeh says, in helping develop a course on Concord history and archaeology. “There are incredibly exciting opportunities ahead there for our students,” she says. Those who enroll in the class would explore both history and science, using cutting-edge diagnostic equipment and working alongside representatives from Brandeis, the Concord Museum, the Concord Historical Commission, and the Fiske Center for Archaeological Research at UMass Boston. This would be a quintessential CA offering, truly one of a kind, offering students a first-person opportunity to bring history to life.