UTA CARES Grant Program

Creation of this OER was funded by the UTA CARES Grant Program, which is sponsored by UTA Libraries. Under the auspices of UTA’s Coalition for Alternative Resources in Education for Students (CARES), the grant program supports educators interested in practicing open education through the adoption of OER and, when no suitable open resource is available, through the creation of new OER or the adoption of library-licensed or other free content.  Additionally, the program promotes innovation in teaching and learning through the exploration of open educational practices, such as collaborating with students to produce educational content of value to a wider community. Information about the grant program and funded projects is available online.

Author’s Note

Creation of this workbook was sponsored by the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) CARES Open Access Education Grant Opportunity. I commend UTA’s commitment to providing no-cost resources for students. Over the course of teaching Introduction to Archaeology at UTA since Fall of 2016, I was contacted by numerous students who found traditional textbooks cost prohibitive. This class is now included in the Core Curriculum at UTA, fulfilling a Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement as it includes communication, social responsibility, and empirical and quantitative skills components. This course now serves more students than ever and with feedback from prior students, as well as support from the CARES Grant Opportunity, this workbook was created to provide a free resource for all future students in Introduction to Archaeology. I would like to thank Michelle Reed for all of her guidance and support throughout the grant application process, as well as Kartik Mann and Prathvi Kanchan for their assistance producing the workbook in PressBooks. Additionally, I would like to sincerely thank Brooke Troutman and Alanis Ramos for their hard work and dedication on this project.

Lead Author

Ashley Lemke – Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Texas at Arlington

Contributing AuthorS

Brooke Troutman – Scholarly Impact and Social Sciences Librarian,  University of Texas at Arlington
Alanis Ramos Berrios – Anthropology Alumna, University of Texas at Arlington

About the cover

The image for this cover is used with permission from Dr. Ashley Lemke.

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