Fall 2019 - ARCH 372 D100

Material Culture Analysis (5)

Class Number: 7084

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Wed, 9:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Instructor:

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

    ARCH 201.



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, bone tools, culturally modified trees, and rock art.  In addition, students will be introduced to basic method and theory with respect to: classification, typology, and experimental archaeology.  

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 (4) 40%
  • Quizzes (3) 30%
  • Term Project 30%



Archaeology in Practice: A Student Guide to Archaeological Analyses. Second Edition, edited by Jane Balme and Alistair Paterson. 2013. Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: 978-0-4706-5716-4

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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Deferred grades will be given only on the basis of authenticated medical disability.

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