ANT 304 • Intro to Archaeological Studies I: Prehistoric Archaeology
11:00 AM-11:30 AM
This course serves as an introduction to the discipline of archaeology. Through lectures, readings, films, and web-based exercises, the course covers method, theory, and a survey of both major topics in archaeology, and of archaeological case studies worldwide.
During the first four weeks, students will learn about the history of the discipline, as well as the basics of archaeological method (e.g. how we find and dig sites, date materials, etc.) and theory (that is, how archaeologists variously approach the interpretation of past societies and lifeways). During the remainder of the semester, students will explore archaeological research on diverse issues including the origins of agriculture, religious ideology, and social systems and identity. These topics will be presented via archaeological case studies from around the world, including, but not limited to, North and Central America, Africa, and the Middle East. The completion of eight web-based lab exercises is required for this course, which are geared towards helping students understand how archaeologists analyze and interpret data.
Archaeology: Discovering Our Past by Robert Sharer and Wendy Ashmore. Lessons from the Past: An Introductory Reader in Archaeology by Kenneth L. Feder. The Next Archaeology Workbook by Nicholas David and Jonathan Driver.