Fall 2023 - ARCH 271 D100
Interpreting the Past: An Introduction to Archaeological Theory (3)
Class Number: 5882
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Mon, 2:30–5:20 p.m.
Oct 10, 2023: Tue, 2:30–5:20 p.m.
Exam Times + Location:
Dec 6, 2023
Wed, 8:30–11:30 a.m.
Prerequisites:ARCH 101 or ARCH 201.
Examines how archaeologists develop explanations of human behaviour, cultural development, and cultural evolution. Reviews the historical development of social and biological theory applied in archaeology and examines how these various theoretical perspectives have shaped interpretations of the past.
This course examines how archaeologists develop explanations of human cultural development and cultural evolution, through analysis of material remains of human societies. The course reviews the historical development of social and biological theory applied in archaeology and examines how various theoretical perspectives have shaped competing or complementary interpretations of specific archaeological finds and cultural phenomena. Students will be evaluated on the basis of two written assignments, a midterm exam, and a final exam.
- Assignment 1 "Prime Movers" 20%
- Assignment 2 "Interpreting the Past" 30%
- Midterm Exam 20%
- Final Exam 30%
Handbook of Archaeological Theories. By Bentley, R. Alexander ; Maschner, Herbert D. G ; Chippindale, Christopher California: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 2008. ISBN: 9780759100336 / ISBN: 9780759100329.
Note: The course textbook (above) is available as a free electronic publication through the SFU Library. Additional readings and other course resources will be available online through CANVAS or through the SFU Library.
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