Summer 2023 - ARCH 428 D100
Soil Micromorphology (5)
Class Number: 4130
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
May 8 – Jun 19, 2023: Tue, Thu, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Exam Times + Location:
Jun 24, 2023
Sat, 11:59–11:59 p.m.
1 778 782-9674
Prerequisites:ARCH 285 or a minimum of 24 units from any program.
Microscopic examination of natural soils and sediments, and archaeological materials, features and deposits (e.g. ceramics, bricks, hearths and ashes). The techniques are used as a means to interpret 1) the local or regional history of Quaternary landscapes that entails sedimentation and soil formation; and 2) the mechanisms of archaeological site formation. Students with credit for ARCH 367 STT: Soil Micromorphology may not take this course for further credit.
This course is concerned with the microscopic examination of natural soils and sediments and archaeological deposits and features. Soil micromorphology is used to interpret (1) the local or regional history of Quaternary landscapes that entails sedimentation and soil formation; and (2) the mechanisms of anthropogenic site formation. The student will obtain proficiency with the petrographic microscope, including description and interpretation of petrographic thin sections, illustrating how microscopic observations reflect upon geologic and soil phenomena and past human activities and behaviors. The course will be presented weekly as a 2-hour in-person lecture and 3-hour hands-on in person lab. The course consists of background lectures in which the field of soil micromorphology is reviewed, readings on selected topics and instruction in laboratory methods and analysis. Students will conduct their own final project that will be completed during lab hours. The final project consists of a work-up of a few petrographic thin sections from an anthropogenic deposit, or soil profile, or materials collection (e.g., plaster etc.) The thin sections for the final project will be provided by the instructor although students are strongly encouraged to bring and work on thin sections (minimum 5) from their own research projects.
- Midterm Exam (multiple choice and short answers 25%
- Labs 35%
- Final Project Presentation 10%
- Final Project ( Take-home write up) 30%
Georges Stoops (2018), Guidelines for Analysis and Description of Soil and Regolith Thin Sections, Second Edition,
eBookISBN: 9780891189763, Free access via SFU library
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