Fall 2023 - ARCH 282 D100

Material Culture Analysis (4)

Class Number: 5879

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 6 – Oct 6, 2023: Tue, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

    Oct 11 – Dec 5, 2023: Tue, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 15, 2023
    Fri, 3:30–6:30 p.m.

  • 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.


  • Quiz 1 10%
  • Quiz 2 10%
  • Lab Assignments (5 in total) 50%
  • Final Exam 30%



There is no required textbook for this course. Readings and other course resources will be made available online through CANVAS or the SFU Library.


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

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 (caladmin@sfu.ca 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.

Registrar Notes:


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