Fall 2021 - ARCH 282 D100

Material Culture Analysis (4)

Class Number: 5608

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    SWH 9152, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    ARCH 101 or 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. Students who have completed ARCH 372 cannot take ARCH 282 for additional credit.


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.


  • Lab Quizzes (2 @ 15% each) 30%
  • Assignments (4 @ 10% each) 40%
  • Experimental Archaeology Project 30%



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

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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Registrar Notes:


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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.