The basic concepts of archaeology and archaeological research. Using examples from around the world, emphasis will be placed on understanding fundamental principles and techniques employed in archaeological problem solving. Material covered will include dating and excavation methodologies, material and artifact analysis, culture-environment interaction and critical evaluation of archaeological interpretation.
Major issues in the archaeology of North America including population movements during the Pleistocene and the development of regional adaptations. A one-day field trip will be scheduled on a Saturday.
An examination of the human history of the North American Great Plains from the earliest known occupation to the arrival of Europeans. Emphasis on interpretation and analysis of Plains material culture and the application of techniques such as lithic studies, zooarchaeology and ethnoarchaeology. A field trip will be scheduled.
The growth and development of the discipline of Syro-Palestinian Archaeology in a general survey of exploration, excavation and scholarly research; and an examination of the archaeological evidence from prehistoric times to the end of the Iron Age.
Major issues and problems in the archaeology of Iron Age Israel and its environs, including Israelite origins, the nature of the Israelite state, and the material culture of Ancient Israel and its neighbours.
Training in excavation techniques, principles and problems on location at various archaeological sites around the world. Inasmuch as this course involves travel to and residence at remote archaeological sites, costs borne by students vary but may range up to several thousand dollars.
Any offering in the Archaeology 3000 Series with the same title as the offering in the Archaeology 3400 Series
Note that 3400 courses are designated as series courses, meaning that students can take more than one ARKY 3400 course to count towards their degree. Typical 3400 offerings are:
Survey of the archaeology, history, art history, and literature of ancient Egypt from the Predynastic Period to Roman times.
Survey of the archaeology, history, art history, and literature of ancient Mesopotamia (modern Iraq and surrounding regions) from the Neolithic Period to the conquest of Babylon by the Persians.
Material culture and archaeology of ancient Greece and Rome from the Bronze Age to the end of Roman times; concentration on Athens and Rome.
Archaeological survey of ancient Mesoamerica; overview of Olmec, Maya, Toltec, Aztec cultures as well as city of Teotihuacan.
Ancient Europe: Stonehenge, Barbarians, and Goddesses
Overview of the archaeology of Prehistoric Europe from the Mesolithic Period to the end of the Iron Age; focus on problems of intrepretations of material culture.
Major developments in the emergence of humans and culture. Study of theories of evolution and the examination and study of hominid fossils and stone tools in order to understand human biological and cultural development.
A survey of major cultural developments in Africa, Asia and Europe beginning with the emergence of the earliest stone tools and continuing to the origins of agriculture and complex societies in the Old World.
Site formation processes, both natural and cultural; ancient and modern landscapes; analysis of archaeological features in geoarchaeological contexts. Two one-day field trips will be scheduled on Saturdays.
Laboratory and field analysis of archaeological remains such as lithics, ceramics, and architecture; techniques of conservation and restoration.
This is a research-oriented course in which students will conduct research, submit a report in the form of an undergraduate thesis which will be made publicly available, and report orally on the work. In consultation with the Thesis Supervisor, students will define a research problem and formulate a research plan.
|Fourth-year standing (a minimum of 90.0 credit hours);
A cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher;
An Independent Study (3990) in Archaeology or Geography