Summer 2022 - ARCH 388 D100

Geoarchaeology (4)

Class Number: 3716

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SWH 9152, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    ARCH 285 or a minimum of 12 units from any program.



This course introduces the concept of archaeological sites as active constituents in natural Quaternary land-forming and land-altering systems. Lectures will focus on all processes which may have contributed to the present geomorphological contexts of archaeological sites and their sedimentary and pedological contents. Students with credit for ARCH 438 may not take this course for further credit.


This course is intended to provide a broad understanding of:

  1. the geological environments, landforms, deposits, materials, and processes associated with the formation and transformation of archaeological sites;
  2. the composition and archaeological significance of anthropogenic sediments;
  3. the analytical principles and techniques used to examine the geological aspects of archaeological investigations.
The class format will include lectures, labs, and analytical instruments demonstrations.


  • Midterm 25%
  • Labs 25%
  • Term Presentation 25%
  • Term Paper 25%



Goldberg, P. and Macphail, R. 2006. Practical and Theoretical Geoarchaeology. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford.

Print version: ISBN-978-0-632-06044-3

Ebook version: ISBN: 978-1-118-68819-9

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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 ( or 778-782-3112) 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.

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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 ( or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the summer 2022 term.