Dec 10, 2023
ANT 107 - Intro to Archaeology
3 Lecture Hours
This course is designed to introduce students to the goals and techniques of modern, scientific archaeology. Archaeology is the study of the human cultural past through the analysis of the material left behind by past societies. The course will survey world prehistory from the evolution of ancestral hominin species through the rise of ancient civilizations. The ethical, legal and political issues involved in conducting archaeology in the United States today will also be explored.
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:
- Explain the primary goals of modern archaeology and the methods used by archaeologists to understand the past.
- Describe the origins of the human species and pre-agricultural adaptations.
- Assess the wide diversity of dietary, settlement, social, political, economic, technological and religious patterns exhibited by past cultures.
- Compare and contrast archaeological evidence of the development and characteristics of ancient complex societies in the Old and New worlds.
- Appraise the ethical, political and legal issues involved in conducting archaeological research.
- Scientific archaeology
- Archaeological data
- Fieldwork and excavation methods
- Site discovery
- Dating techniques
- Artifact analysis
- Hominin evolution
- Paleolithic adaptations
- Peopling of the New World
- Mesolithic/Archaic cultures
- Origins of domestication
- Ancient complex societies
- Ethics in archaeology
Current textbooks, articles, videos, web-based activities, class discussions, research projects, library resources.
Approved By: Johnson, Alex Date Approved: 05/18/2009
Last Reviewed: 1/26/2023
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