Fall 2022 - ARCH 323 D100

Special Topics in Biological Anthropology II (3)

Archaeology of Death

Class Number: 6054

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
    SWH 9084, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 14, 2022
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    SWH 10061, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    ARCH 131 or any lower division biology course.



Select topics relating to biological anthropology. Variable units: 3, 4, 5.


This course is designed to provide the student with knowledge related to the study of archaeology relating to death and burials. The core of the course will deal with how archaeologists explore larger cultural processes through the study of burial practices. Topics also include methods used by archaeologists to excavate burials, the taphonomic processes that impact how burials change over time, and culturally distinct burial practices and relationships with death. Students will learn from lecture (3 hours per week). Course materials will be posted on SFU's learning management system, Canvas (www.sfu.ca/canvas.html), on a weekly basis.


  • Participation 10%
  • Midterm Exam 35%
  • Research Paper 20%
  • Final Exam 35%



No required textbook. Readings will be assigned for some lectures and will be available through the Library online or Canvas.


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Department Undergraduate Notes:

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

Registrar Notes:


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