Spring 2023 - ARCH 471W D100

Archaeological Theory (4)

Class Number: 4008

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    SWH 9152, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 18, 2023
    11:59 PM – 11:59 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    ARCH 101, 131, 201, 272W and 273.



The cultural, evolutionary, physical, and distributional principles which underlie the prediction and reconstruction of the past. Writing.


This tip-of-the-iceberg course reviews the history of archaeological theory (and practice), from its earliest manifestations through to what’s going on today. We will examine all major “schools” of thought, ranging from culture history and processualism to feminist archaeology, indigenous archaeology, and everything inbetweenas well. We also consider how the development and application of archaeological method and theory has influenced contemporary society, and their role today in addressing the needs of descendant communities in the context of ethical research practice, social justice, decolonization, and the protection of heritage as a human right.


  • Written/Visual exercises (5) 20%
  • Term paper (draft and final) 25%
  • Mid-term exam 20%
  • Final take-home exam 25%
  • Participation 10%



No course text; assigned readings available on 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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