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A Study in Nicaragua

By Hannah Dutton; For the Clock
On November 17, 2016

A Study in Nicaragua 

Hannah Dutton

In the summers of 2015 and 2016, I had the amazing opportunity to work with the Chiquilistagua Archaeology Project in the Central American country of Nicaragua. I am a senior anthropology major here at Plymouth, and I have had a huge focus in archaeology. I work in the archaeology lab on campus, and my senior thesis based off of my ceramic research. My experiences in Nicaragua will be memories I will hold close for a long time. Archaeology is hard work. I find it very fulfilling, and every other part of my life has been enriched by these field schools. I spent a month in Nicaragua each year, with Plymouth State University students and students from George Mason University. I have also had a chance to work with Nicaraguan archaeologists as well. I am a very outdoors kind of person, and a field school like Chiquilistagua was learning at every turn. I was able to learn the archaeological methods that I will carry with me. In Nicaragua, we worked on obsidian, ceramic and stone tool artifacts. We talked to people in the country about everyday life, too. This field school isn’t just for anthropology students, and it’s interesting and useful to have students studying any number of disciplines. Consider studying abroad, for even a month of your college time; it can open so many horizons. 

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