Fall 2019 - ARCH 201 D100

Reconstructing the Human Past (4)

Class Number: 7079

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    BLU 10011, Burnaby

    We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    BLU 10011, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 12, 2019
    12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    AQ 3149, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    David Maxwell
    Office: EDB 9631
    Office Hours: TBA



A survey of methods used by archaeologists to discover and interpret the past. Examples will be drawn from selected sites and cultures around the world. Students who have taken ARCH 101 may not enroll in ARCH 201. Breadth-Social Sciences.


An introduction to archaeological method and theory.  The course consists of a survey of the principles, concepts, techniques and interpretive approaches used by archaeologists to study human cultures of the past.  Examples will be drawn from archaeological research from throughout the world, illustrated by slides and films.  Topics include finding and excavating archaeological sites, recognizing and analyzing artifacts, interpreting animal and plant remains, reconstructing social systems and trade, understanding and interpreting ancient art and ritual, and analyzing human burials This is a lecture course with no tutorials. Lectures notes are available for downloading prior to class at http://canvas.sfu.ca.


  • Interpretive Assignment 33%
  • Midterm Exam 33%
  • Final Exam 34%


Breadth: Social Sciences



Colin Renfrew and Paul Bahn (2018)  Archaeology Essentials: Theories, Methods, and Practice.  4th Edition.  Thames and Hudson, London
ISBN: 9780500841389

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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