ANT 462M • Archaeological Techniques
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
This is a beginning course in archaeological field techniques. It is primarily a course in techniques rather than concepts or theories, though theory will, of course, be important. Archaeological Field Techniques is a preparation for fieldwork, not a field school. The two aspects of archaeological fieldwork most emphasized are thorough and accurate documentation, and using appropriate methods to answer archaeological questions. One of the primary themes of the course is the interplay of research goals, practice, theory, and the constraints of the real world. These are presented within the methodological realms of survey, mapping, and excavation.
Students are strongly encouraged to enroll during the same semester in ANT 324L, Digital Data Systems in Archaeology, since that class alone will provide instruction in the use and operation of transits, total stations, and near surface sensing technologies used increasingly in field archaeology.