Spring 2023 - ARCH 285 D100
Archaeological Science (4)
Class Number: 4042
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SWH 9152, Burnaby
Exam Times + Location:
Apr 18, 2023
10:30 PM – 10:30 PM
TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby
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Introduces scientific techniques used for archaeological investigations. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.
This in-person course is intended to introduce students to the scientific approach and analytical techniques used to study ancient societies and their interactions with past environments. These studies have been transformed in recent years by the application of principles of physics, chemistry, biology, earth and materials sciences and the use of analytical techniques drawn from the natural sciences and engineering. Morphological and genetic studies of human and biological remains and chemical-physical analysis of the material culture provide new insights into past human knowledge, ideology, activities and the environments in which ancient people lived. Lectures will cover introductive concepts on the scientific method (e.g., hypothesis’ generation and testing), principles and applications of commonly used analytical techniques, and several case studies from different archaeological periods and regions.
- Midterm I 20%
- Midterm II 20%
- Assignments (5) 35%
- Final Exam 25%
Gilberto Artioli. 2010. Scientific Methods and Cultural Heritage. An Introduction to the Application of Materials Science to Archaeometry and Conservation Science. Oxford University Press.
Print ISBN: 9780199548262, 0199548269
eText ISBN: 9780191576355, 0191576352 (Rentable from www.vitalsource.com)
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