In recognition of the importance of engaging local communities in stewardship of archaeological and historical resources, anthropology and archaeology graduate students at the University of Idaho are establishing the University of Idaho Anthropology Graduate Student Committee (AGSC). Though the committee is primarily born out of the desire of students to engage Idaho communities with Idaho’s archaeology, culture, and history, it may develop to take on additional social, educational, and community-building tasks within the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. This year the AGSC will focus on developing educational programming for Idaho’s Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month in May 2013 and preparation for 2014.
With the guidance of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Idaho, the AGSC will partner with local and state organizations to create educational events for the state’s Sesquicentennial. The AGSC is partnered with the Alfred W. Bowers Laboratory of Anthropology and the University of Idaho Anthropology Department and plans to partner with local organizations and members of the Moscow community. We are excited to support and initiate events and media showcasing regional archaeology and anthropology through lectures, workshops, a website, publications, and a film festival.