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HIS 220 - Historical Archaeology

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This course is designed as an introduction to the basic techniques, methods and theories of historic archaeology. Emphasis is placed on topics from 18th and 19th century North America that provide insights into employing material objects as data for analysis of the past. The methodology of historical research, archaeological excavation and the description and analysis of historical materials are examined.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Evaluate evidence available to historians, archaeologists and social scientists in general.
  2. Assess the evolution and development of human culture based on material evidence.
  3. Compare and contrast different methods used in the recovery of objects in archaelogical work.
  4. Explain the developments in the field of historical archaeology as seen from a North American perspective.
  5. Evaluate appropriate sources of archeological literature.
  6. Examine specific types of material data to assess their usefulness in reconstructing historical analysis and historical change.
  7. Evaluate the merit of pseudo-archaeological phenomena that appear on television and in popular films or literature.
Listed Topics
  1. Definitions of space, time and behavior
  2. Photographs as artifacts and historical data
  3. Graveyards and bone analysis
  4. Landscape as artifact
  5. Ceramic analysis
  6. Excavation techniques and methodology
  7. Archaeology, ethnicity and race
  8. Archaeology of Northeastern American Indians
  9. American architecture: Urban, rural and frontier
Reference Materials
Textbook, scholarly readings, films, maps and electronic resources as assigned in addition to on-hands analysis of artifacts in the classroom.
Approved By: Bullock, Quintin Date Approved: 05/15/2015

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