Fall 2019 - ARCH 378 D100

Pacific Northwest North America (3)

Class Number: 7295

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    SWH 9152, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 13, 2019
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    AQ 5016, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

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

    ARCH 273.



The prehistory and cultural traditions of the region. The content, antecedents, relationships, and changes in these cultures through time. Technological, socio-economic, and environmental factors in culture growth.


This course examines the cultural traditions of the Pacific Northwest of North America as represented by the archaeological record.  It will include an overview of the geography, ethnography, culture history and archaeology of Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon, with emphasis on the Pacific Coast.  This will be supplemented by examination of selected thematic topics such as early human occupation, technological traditions, social complexity, intensification, art styles, trade warfare, and slavery.  This class format will include lectures, seminars, and films.  Students will be evaluated on the basis of a map quiz (on First Nations of the Pacific Northwest) two exams, and a term paper.


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



Emerging from the Mist: Studies in Northwest Coast Culture History. Edited by R.G. Matson, Gary Coupland and Quentin Mackie, Paperback 2004, UBC Press. ISBN:9780774809825

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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