Mount Allison anthropology students producing for Wikipedia

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SACKVILLE – If you want to take a tour of the Frightful Cave, access is easy thanks to Mount Allison Universities Natasha Bani-Sadr.

The Mount Allison University anthropology student wrote an article about the pre-Columbian archaeological site that can be studied on Wikipedia, which is a free, online encyclopedia created by the public.

“So far, this article has over 4,000 views, a long way from traditional term papers being seen by few and just collecting dust,” Bani-Sadr’s professor, Dr. Grant Aylesworth, said.

Bani-Sadr, who is from North Vancouver, won a Wikipedia Barnstar, a reward for hard work and due diligence.

“I have enjoyed seeing that so many people can learn something as a result of research I have done,” Bani-Sadr said. “I have had a hand in creating and distributing knowledge.”

The wikipedia project came about after Aylesworth asked his class to choose something that had not been covered by Wikipedia. Students wrote on artifacts, archeological sites, and ancient languages, topics that are studied in their Archeology of Mesoamerica course. Bani-Sadr's article can be read at <>,



Mount Allison University Student Natasha Bani-Sadr (from left) with Dr. Grant Aylesworth and student Trieka Ayer. Bani-Sadr and Ayer recently wrote articles for Wikipedia. “Students are going to use Wikipedia,” Aylesworth said. “I thought it best to embrace it, use it as a teaching tool, and make it better.”

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