Fall 2017 - ARCH 331 D100

Select Regions in World Archaeology II (3)

Prehistory of BC

Class Number: 4800

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    SWH 10061, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 16, 2017
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    AQ 5016, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Bob Muir
    Office: EDB 9615
    Office Hours: TBD
  • Prerequisites:

    ARCH 272W or 273 or by permission of instructor.



An overview of culture history and methodological/theoretical issues for a specific region of the world.


This course examines the prehistory of British Columbia from the end of the last ice age through to contact with European explorers. It will include an overview of the geography, ethnography, culture history, and archaeology of British Columbia, with emphasis on the Interior Plateau Region. This will be supplemented by examination of selected topics such as early human occupation, cultural traditions, social complexity, intensification, trade, sedentism, warfare, and slavery. The class format will include lectures, seminars, and films. Students will be evaluated on the basis of a map quiz term paper, a mid-term exam, and a final exam.


  • Map Quiz 10%
  • Mid-term Exam 20%
  • Term Paper 40%
  • Final Exam 30%



Complex Hunter-Gatherers: Evolution and Organization of Prehistoric Communities on the Plateau of Northwestern North America. Edited by William C. Prentiss and Ian Kuijt,  2004, University of Utah Press.
ISBN: 978-0-8748-0924-4

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