Course Description for Fundamentals of Archaeology
Fundamentals of Archaeology
Archaeology is one of the four fundamental sub-fields of Anthropology in the United States. This course covers the fundamental analytical methods that have been and are currently employed by archaeologists to reconstruct past life ways, cultures, and societies. In particular, this course will explore the material culture studies and other evidence used by archaeologists. Topics of inquiry include excavation procedures, sites survey, dating techniques, site formation processes, paleo-environmental reconstruction, artifact analysis, and key laboratory techniques. Additionally, the course will cover the history of archaeological legislation and regulations that apply to public archaeology, ethical principles of archaeological practice, and the basics of curation and museumology. Finally throughout the semester, we will explore the importance and relevance of archaeology to the modern world.