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UT Tyler Accredited by Register of Professional Archaeologists

March 18, 2011

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
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The University of Texas at Tyler

The University of Texas at Tyler has been accredited by the Register of Professional Archaeologists, Dr. Kenneth Wink, College of Arts and Sciences interim dean, announced.

From the 100 universities nationwide who have field schools, UT Tyler is one of 12 that carry this certification, which highly qualifies graduates going into the applied archeology field of cultural resource management.

“This certification demonstrates to companies across the country that our graduates have the level of expertise that the companies need,” said Dr. Thomas Guderjan, UT Tyler assistant professor of anthropology and field school principal.

Engineering firms hire archeologists to conduct environmental impact studies on a designated site before land development and building processes begin, should any archeological discoveries of significant value be found.

According to the RPA, a field school is an ongoing research project that also aims to train students in how to conduct the research. Student training activities are integrated into the planned research and designed to both fulfill needed data collection activities as well as expose students to best practices in the planning and implementation of field research.

UT Tyler annually sends five to 10 students to its school in Belize.

“Our students interact with other participants from across the world. It’s a cross-cultural experience. It’s work they can really dig and sink their teeth into,” added Guderjan, whose nonprofit work with the Mayan Research Program allows the school to coexist with their research station in Belize. “We have students who have had interest in archaeology but don’t know where to go with it, and now more and more of them are getting involved. Many move on to graduate schools, schools in anthropology and related fields.”

For more information about RPA, visit http://www.rpanet.org/.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,400 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

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