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UTSA hosts 'Bioarchaeology: Tales from Beyond the Grave' summer camps

CAR summer camp

UTSA Center for Archaeological Research staff member Nathan Heep discusses with camp participants the history behind an ancient artifact.

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(July 18, 2013) -- This week, the UTSA Center for Archaeological Research is welcoming kids ages 9-13 to the Main Campus to participate in "Bioarchaeology -- Tales from Beyond the Grave," the second of four weeklong summer camps.

Participants are learning about bioarchaeology, archaeological methods and the analysis of human skeletal remains from archaeological sites. The young students also are learning about new and exciting research in bioarchaeology and are being introduced to cultural traditions from around the world.

Xrafts and activities for campers have included making Egyptian jars, creating mummy masks and exploring a mystery cemetery. Daily discussion topics have covered introductory archaeology, natural and man-made mummies, bizarre burials and the science of skeletons.

Two more camps are scheduled 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Aug. 5-9 and Aug. 12-16.

The cost is $220 per camp, $200 for children of UTSA students, faculty and staff, and covers supplies, snacks and a t-shirt. Space is limited to 18 participants per weekly camp. To accommodate working parents, campers can be dropped off as early as 7:30 a.m. and picked up as late as 5:30 p.m. at no additional charge.

>> For registration forms and camp details, visit the UTSA Center for Archaeological Research website. For more information, call 210-458-4462 or email carlegacy@utsa.edu.

For 18 years, the UTSA Center for Archaeological Research has offered the Legacy: Hands on the Past outreach program. Legacy offers school presentations, laboratory tours, career day speakers and other services highlighting the CAR commitment to archaeological preservation and research.

 

 

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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