Free course on Marianas archaeology sites to be offered in March

Free course on Marianas archaeology sites to be offered in March

by Jackie Hanson
University of Guam

Students and working professionals worldwide will have an opportunity to learn more about archaeology in the Marianas in an upcoming virtual minicourse hosted by the University of Guam Micronesian Area Research Center.  

The course, titled “Archaeology and Heritage Sites of Guam and the Marianas Region: Skills and Knowledge for Working Professionals,” is a free educational program with no prerequisites open to all members of the public. Through virtual interactive resources and learning exercises, participants will learn the most updated information about the scope and range of archaeology and heritage sites of Guam and the Mariana Islands. 

Photo by Michael Carson, courtesy of University of Guam: Prehistoric latte stone ruins at the House of Taga archaeological site in Tinian. This and other archaeological sites throughout the Mariana Islands will be highlighted in a five-session online minicourse hosted by the University of Guam's Micronesian Area Research Center. The course is free and open to the public and will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from March 1 to 15. 

The course will consist of five two-hour Zoom sessions — held from 10 a.m. to noon CHST every Tuesday and Thursday from March 1 to March 15. Each session will be led by Michael Carson, an associate professor of archaeology at the University of Guam who holds a doctorate in anthropology.  

“This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in archaeology — especially government officials working for museums and historic preservation sites. Through this course, they will be able to gain updated knowledge and skills that they can apply to their jobs,” Carson said.  

Carson worked with the U.S. National Park Service to ensure that the course meets the U.S. national standards for historic preservation. 

Participants who complete the total course will receive one continuing education unit and a certificate of completion from the university. 

Those interested in enrolling can email the UOG Global Learning and Engagement office at for a registration form. Completed registration forms must be emailed back by Wednesday, Feb. 23. The course is limited to 500 participants. 

For more information about the course, contact Michael Carson at 

Michael Carson



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