Archaeology: Introduction

ANTHRO XL 8

This course surveys our evolutionary prehistory, from the emergence of early humans to the development of food-producing societies and complex civilizations capable of written chronicles of their own history.

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What you can learn.

  • Review the basics of archaeological methods and theories
  • Examine central issues in the global archaeology of the human past from the Plio-Pleistocene to Holocene
  • Explore core concepts including archaeological survey and excavation, remote sensing, dating methods and chronology, and artifact analysis
  • Assess significant contributions from archaeology in understanding human survival and success
  • Consider the applications of archaeology in specific careers, such as cultural resource management, education, and public archaeology

About this course:

Archaeology is the one scientific discipline that investigates the complexities of the human past. This course surveys the full range of our evolutionary prehistory, from the emergence of early humans to the development of food-producing societies and complex civilizations capable of written chronicles of their own history. Instruction emphasizes how archaeological methods and theories are used to reconstruct the development of human societies. The course presents a general survey of field and laboratory methods, theory, and major findings of anthropological archaeology, including case studies. Transferable for UC credit.

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