Fall 2021 - ARCH 378 D100

Pacific Northwest North America (3)

Class Number: 4404

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SWH 9152, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 18, 2021
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    SWH 10075, Burnaby

  • 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 Pacific Northwest 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, trade, warfare, and slavery.


  • Participation 20%
  • Map Quiz: People and Places 15%
  • Research Paper 30%
  • Final Exam 35%



There is no textbook for this course. All required readings will be available online through the SFU Bennett Library, CANVAS, and SFU Archaeology Press.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need classroom or exam accommodations are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Students with Disabilities (1250 Maggie Benston Centre) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.

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

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

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.