Fall 2017 - ARCH 372 D100
Material Culture Analysis (5)
Class Number: 2458
Delivery Method: In Person
Analysis and interpretation of archaeological material culture. This lecture and laboratory course combines the practical problems of recognition and interpretation of archaeological specimens, typology, seriation, and statistical procedures with the basic principles of archaeological theory.
This course will provide students with an introduction to the identification, analysis and interpretation of major types of cultural materials commonly recovered from archaeological sites. Emphasis will be placed on developing practical skills and knowledge related to conducting analyses and reporting results of archaeological investigations. The course will provide an overview of a broad range of cultural materials including: stone tools, ceramics, sediments, architectural features, culturally modified trees and rock art. In addition, students will be introduced to basic method and theory with respect to: classification, typology, measurement, experimental archaeology, stratigraphy, and dating methods.
The course has a significant laboratory component during which students will obtain "hands-on" experience with artifacts and other archaeological materials. Lab assignments comprise a major component of the course grade.
- Weekly Lab Assignments 30%
- Quizzes 40%
- Term Project 30%
Archaeological Artefacts as Material Culture, by Linda M. Hurcombe. Routledge. 2007.
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