This course introduces students to the key concepts and methods utilized by archaeologists in the excavation, analysis, and interpretation of a variety of material evidence left by ancient societies and cultures. Students will engage in a series of practical exercises (labs) to gain hands-on experience with a variety of artifacts and techniques commonly utilized within the discipline. This class may include students from multiple sections. (Elective)
ENGL& 101 or concurrent enrollment
- Characterize and explain the main goals, principles, theories, and scientific methods utilized in archaeology.
- Describe the importance of archaeology in the understanding of ancient and modern societies.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical and legal issues surrounding archaeological excavations.
- Describe and evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, and practical limitations of the various excavation techniques (invasive and non-invasive) commonly utilized within the field of archaeology.
- Illustrate understanding of the intersection of history and anthropology as each relates to the study of archaeology.
- Explain the importance of laws governing the protection, collection, and preservation of historic and cultural artifacts.