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Revision Date: 25-Feb-17

Archaeology: Tracing the Human Past




Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Semester Dates: Last day to drop without a grade: 06-12-2017 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-10-2017 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Not Yet Assigned | View Faculty Credentials

This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration

Comments: Field Trips required class 9:00am-3:00 pm Th

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Course Description:

Examines how a society can be understood by looking at its material remains. Topics include: historical development of archaeology; its purposes, methods, theories and interpretation; archaeological sites as an endangered cultural resource; and a sampling of cultural evidence from around the world.

Essential Objectives:

1. Describe the historical development of archaeology in both the Old and New Worlds, and explain its relationship to such disciplines as anthropology, history, art history, biology, paleontology, and geology.
2. Explain major subdivisions within the field of archaeology, including prehistoric and historic, classical, industrial, contract and ethnoarchaeology.
3. Classify the development of human culture through the major ages and periods, noting key archaeological sites, representative tool kits, and cultural features associated with each.
4. Explain the roles, methodologies and technologies associated with survey, sampling, excavation, artifact and site analysis in archaeological research, as well as best practices in field and laboratory work.
5. Discuss numerous scientific dating techniques used in archaeology as well as relative methods for establishing chronologies, including stratigraphy, typology and association.
6. Discuss the environmental and cultural factors which influence deposition and preservation of archaeological features and artifacts.
7. Explain the role of interpretation and theory in our understanding of the patterns and lifeways of other cultures, and discuss the process and limitations of 'reconstructing' cultures from material remains.
8. Discuss ethical issues in archaeology, including questions of ownership and preservation of cultural heritage, excavations of sacred sites, and current sources of threats to archaeological sites worldwide.
9. Explain the political, historical, and economic significance of archaeology to diverse constituents, including ethical issues related to indigenous peoples, colonizers, and local governments.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

Required Materials: notebook and paper, composition book as a journal for field annotations and reflections. In addition to the textbook for this course, we will use electronic resources from the Internet. 

 

Methods:

  • Readings from several sources
  • Written homework assignments
  • Small-group and whole-class discussion
  • Mini-lecture
  • Field trips and field journal reflections
  • Small group activities, followed by class presentation and discussion
  • Personal reflections (shared with class)
  • Reviewing of online short videos
  • Reflections about guest speaker's presentation and topics discussed
  • Final project: students will prepare a creative and detailed presentation about  an ancient civilization of their choice following the guidelines provided

Evaluation Criteria:

Attendance and participation:        30%   

(includes participation to field trips and excavation, class discussions, group works)

Personal reflections papers:           20%

Field Journal:                                 20%

Final Project:                                 30%


Grading Criteria:

A+     99-100

A       93-99

A-     90-93

B+     88-90

B       83-88

B-     80-83

C+    78-80

C      73-78

C-     70-73

D+    68-70

D      63-68

D-    60-63

F      below 60

Textbooks:

Summer 2017 textbook data will be available on April 1. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

Patterns in Prehistory Humankind's First Three Million Years, ISBN: 9780195169287, Oxford University Press   $109.62

Attendance Policy:

Attendance is essential for this summer intensive course and any missed class, late arrival, or early departure will impact the final grade.

In addition we will be taking short field trips and we will work with the NY Historic Preservation Office to catalog artifacts from the Bennington Battlefield and surroundings; please plan on a full day field trip to Peebles Island (Troy, date will be posted before the beginning of the course), mandatory for the successful completion of the course.

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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