College Of Arts And Sciences | Lost Tribes & Sunken Continents
E104 | 0167 | Pyburn, K.
This is a class about the mysteries of the past. During the semester,
several of the most intriguing ideas and questions about the behavior
and experience of ancient humans will be discussed, including the
origin of the Moundbuilders, the story of Atlantis, ancient contacts
with extraterrestrials, the fates of the Easter Islanders and the
Maya, lost cities of the Inca, and the shroud of Turin. The point of
covering this popular and sensational material is threefold:
1. Students will be introduced to the methods of science. Most
students have limited or inaccurate ideas about the goals and
possibilities of science that impede their ability to evaluate
2. Critical skills will be enhanced that will be useful to the
student in everyday life. Besides exposure to the scientific
approach, students will learn to take an anthropological approach to
identifying the cultural values promoted by particular claims about
the human past.
3. Nothing is more inspiring than the real story of human
experience in the most distant reaches of time, and nothing is more
thrilling than scientific discovery. Students will be exposed to the
most exciting current research in archaeology to develop an
enlightened perspective on the importance of scientific research to
life in the modern world.
In this class students will be exposed to the basic principles of
anthropology and the methodology of scientific archaeology.