Course: HON 485-1
Title: Undergraduate Research
Professor: George Gumerman
Liberal Studies: 1999-present liberal studies
Prerequisites: Successful completion of HON 190 and HON 191. Application and approval of the Honors Director
Course Description: Original research under the supervision of a research adviser. A written description of the proposed study must be approved by the instructor and the director of the honors program before registering. May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit. Department consent required. Prerequisite: Honors Student Group
Professor Biography: George Gumerman IV, Associate Professor and Chair, Anthropology (928-523-3498; email@example.com). Gumerman, an archaeologist, is currently researching prehistoric food and culture on the north coast of Peru. The Moche Foodways Archaeological Project aims to understand Moche culture through the study of food (see http://moche.nau.edu).
Moche culture is consumed by death, warfare, and human sacrifice. Gumermans discovery of a large funerary feasting complex at the extraordinary site of El Brujo indicates that feasting also revolved around death. Gumerman also has a broad interest in public archaeology including the development of an interactive educational CD-ROM: The Interactive Archaeology of the Grand Canyon and Colorado Plateau (http://idig.nau.edu).
Fourth through sixth grade students create a virtual museum exhibit by exploring who lived in the Grand Canyon and how they existed. In addition, Gumerman is collaborating with the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office, educators, elders, and archaeologists, to develop a Hopi culture curriculum for Hopi schools. The Hopi Footprints project is an incredible opportunity to improve teacher quality that uses archaeology and elder oral history as a foundation to build a standards-based cultural curriculum.