Splash Biography



JACOB KALODNER, Yale junior studying Archaeology




Major: Archaeology/Anthropology

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: 2021

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Ever since I was a kid, I've been interested in archaeology and human culture. I read tons about the mythologies of various ancient cultures, and frequently visited the American Museum of Natural History in New York to look at their exhibits and attempt to learn more about the cultures of ancient peoples. However, in school, I was never offered the opportunity to take a class focusing on archaeology and the cultures of long-gone peoples. I hope to offer these accessible classes that I wish I would have had growing up to the next generation of archaeologists.



Past Classes

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S3905: Lithic Technology: How to make stone tools in Splash Fall 2019 (Nov. 16, 2019)
Stone tools have been used by hominins for 2 million years. Learn to make some of them yourself!


E3803: The History of Humanity: Origins in Sprout Fall 2019 (Sep. 28 - Oct. 12, 2019)
What is it to be human? How is it that we have gotten to where we are today? This class will explore the evolution of human beings into the homo sapiens we know today.


E3804: The History of Humanity: Civilizations in Sprout Fall 2019 (Sep. 28 - Oct. 12, 2019)
This class will discuss the formation of early civilizations and states, from Mesopotamia to Mesoamerica. We will learn why humans settled down, the effects of civilization, and why it matters today.


S3699: The Peoples of the Past: What is Archaeology? in Splash Spring 19 (Apr. 06, 2019)
What is archaeology? Why is it important today? These are the questions that people often ask when faced with the idea of archaeology. In this class, we will explore the basic concepts and foundations of archaeology and archaeological science. We'll talk about the history of archaeology, from it's very beginnings in antiquarianism in Europe to the science that it is today.


S3753: The Peoples of the Past: What is Archaeology? in Splash Spring 19 (Apr. 06, 2019)
What is archaeology? Why is it important today? These are the questions that people often ask when faced with the idea of archaeology. In this class, we will explore the basic concepts and foundations of archaeology and archaeological science. We'll talk about the history of archaeology, from it's very beginnings in antiquarianism in Europe to the science that it is today.


E3496: The Peoples of the Past: What is Archaeology? in Sprout Spring 19 (Feb. 16 - Mar. 02, 2019)
What is archaeology? Why is it important today? These are the questions that people often ask when faced with the idea of archaeology. In this class, we will explore the basic concepts and foundations of archaeology and archaeological science. We'll talk about the history of archaeology, from it's very beginnings in antiquarianism in Europe to the science that it is today.