URP529 / END529 / ARC529

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This course introduces students to the basic guidelines, standards, research methods and documentation techniques used in historic preservation to identify and record historic structures and sites. 

The kinds of research techniques explored in this course include the development of site descriptions, creating historical narratives, reviewing existing scholarly and/or professional literature, collecting primary and secondary data, developing skills in architectural photography, and understanding the basics of measured drawings on and off-site. The course makes use of lectures, discussions, and fieldwork to introduce students to the various ways in which preservationists document historic sites.