Summer 2023 - ARCH 101 OL01
Reconstructing the Human Past (3)
Class Number: 4134
Delivery Method: Online
A survey of methods used by archaeologists to discover and interpret the past. Examples will be drawn from selected sites and cultures around the world. Students who have taken ARCH 201 may not enroll in ARCH 101. Breadth-Social Sciences.
An introduction to archaeological method and theory. The course consists of a survey of the principles, concepts, techniques and interpretive approaches used by archaeologists to study human cultures of the past. Topics include finding and excavating archaeological sites, archaeological dating techniques, recognizing and analyzing artifacts, interpreting animal and plant remains, reconstructing social systems and trade, interpreting ancient art and ritual, interpreting monumental architecture, analyzing modern material culture and the meanings conveyed through clothing and items of personal adornment, analyzing human burials, examining the role of archaeology as a profession and examining the regulations used to protect archaeological resources.This is a fully asynchronic course. Multiple-choice quizzes are written using Canvas and are available at any time following the completion of the required modules. There are no midterm or final exams. Written assignments include short discussion responses, a short (2 to 3 page, double spaced) assignment, and a longer (4 to 6 page, double spaced) interpretive assignment. The interpretive assignment, near the end of the course, requires students to explain real archaeological data using the approaches covered in class.
- Discussions (5 @ 2% each) 10%
- Vocabulary Quizzes (5 @ 8% each) 40%
- Short Assignment 20%
- Interpretive Assignment 30%
Archaeology Essentials: Theories, Methods and Practice. 4th Edition. Colin Renfrew and Paul Bahn. Thames & Hudson, London.
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