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Archaeology: Tracing the Human Past

Semester Dates: Last day to drop without a grade: 06-14-2021 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-12-2021 - Refund Policy
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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.


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  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

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