Honors | Introduction to Archaeology (ANTH)
P200 | 11599 | April Sievert


DIS Th 4:00-4:50pm
LEC MW 2:30-3:20pm

How do archaeologists learn how old something is? How do they figure
out where to dig? How do they make sense out of their discoveries?
This course will introduce you to archaeology, its goals, methods,
and findings. Archaeologists are famous for using other people's
garbage as their main source of information, so this is essentially
a course about trash. We will look at how archaeologists use explore
issues of food and eating in ancient times, trade, politics, world
views, and technology. You will learn about scientific methods that
archaeologists use, including dating, sampling, excavation
strategies, and materials science. In the process we will be
discussing specific ancient time periods like the Neolithic,
cultures like the ancient Mississippians, and phenomena such as the
development of irrigation agriculture in the Andes. You will gain an
understanding of what we think happened in the past through the lens
of the things people left behind. You will also learn how
archaeologists apply their interpretations to modern situations, and
how we can best preserve the archaeological record. S & H
Distribution credit.

Format: There will be illustrated lectures, demonstrations, videos,
and hands-on lab exercises and simulations conducted in the lab
sections. Evaluation: Tests, short papers, completed assignments in
Revealing Archaeology, and a short project. Students in the honors
section read some extra and more challenging materials including a
case study, and will write site reports for their final projects.
Text: Revealing Archaeology (an interactive software package) along
with e-reserve.