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Course Description

This course is an introduction to the study of concepts, theories, data and models of anthropological archaeology that contribute to our knowledge of the human past. The course includes a discussion of the nature of scientific inquiry; the history and interdisciplinary nature of archaeological research; dating techniques; methods of survey, excavation, analysis, and interpretation; cultural resource management; professional ethics; and selected cultural sequences. The course surveys selected prehistoric cultures. (C-ID: ANTH 150) ADVISORY: Recommended English 250 and English 260.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the various archaeological theories, methods, and techniques used to investigate the human past.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of scientific inquiry and its application in archaeological research.
  • Articulate the goals, and the legal, operational, and ethical framework of cultural resource management and heritage preservation.
  • Illustrate the use of archaeological methods with reference to cultural sequences.
  • Discuss the relationship between anthropology and archaeology. Assess the various careers and areas of work in archaeology.
  • Identify and evaluate examples of regional prehistoric cultural resources and their change of sequence over time.
  • Demonstrate respect and recognition not only for prehistoric and historic sites, but for present-day descendants of native peoples and their cultural heritage.
  • Analyze ecological connections between humans and their natural environment throughout time and for the future.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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