Fall 2020 - ARCH 272W D100

Archaeology of the Old World (4)

Class Number: 4649

Delivery Method: Distance Education


  • Course Times + Location:


  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 18, 2020
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

  • Instructor:

    Dennis Sandgathe
    1 778 782-4817
  • Prerequisites:

    ARCH 100 or 201



A survey of the major centres of Old World cultural development from the Palaeolithic to the Bronze Age. Basic concepts used in reconstructing prehistoric cultures, and the artifactual and contextual evidence for the development of culture. Writing/Breadth-Social Sci.


This course is a survey of the prehistory of the Old World from the appearance of us modern humans in the Palaeolithic to the appearance of the earliest civilizations in the Bronze Age. This takes us from small-scale hunting-gathering societies through the development of agriculture to the development of complex state-level societies. Much of the focus will be on the periods during and following the emergence of agriculture. Students will examine the basic concepts and techniques used by archaeologists in the reconstruction of prehistoric cultures as well as the major theories about how and why cultures change over time. This course is designated as a W-course (writing-intensive) and it will provide students with the necessary background to enroll in upper division courses in archaeology.


  • Research paper outline 5%
  • Research paper draft 10%
  • Research Paper 20%
  • Participation 10%
  • Mid-term exam 25%
  • Final exam 30%


This course will be delivered entirely online. Students will access the course materials (Powerpoint lectures with audio, links to videos) via Canvas. Students will also take the two exams at home (on set days and times) via Canvas. The lab component will mainly involve students watching assigned videos followed by online class discussions.



Scarre, C. 3rd edition. The Human Past: World Prehistory and the Development of Human Societies. Norton.
ISBN: 978-0-5002-9063-7

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).