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Kristine M Bovy
ARCHY 205
Seattle Campus

Principles of Archaeology

Techniques, methods, and goals of archaeological research. Excavation and dating of archaeological materials. General problems encountered in explaining archaeological phenomena.

Class description

My goals are that you leave the class knowing how to:

*Explain how the past may be relevant to your own lives, and how archaeology relates to contemporary issues.

*Think critically (and creatively) about archaeological arguments. For example, you should be able to distinguish between evidence and interpretation in archaeological texts, and use your own knowledge to draw logical inferences from archaeological data.

*Compare and contrast different methods and techniques that archaeologists use to learn about the past, and apply your knowledge to real world situations.

*Construct archaeological arguments using multiple theoretical approaches, and argue ethical issues from multiple perspectives.

*Evaluate representations of archaeology in the popular media (e.g., museum exhibit, newspaper article, television special).

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Instruction will include a combination of lecture, in-class activities and small group discussions, and lab activities where students get hands-on experience with artifacts.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Your performance will be assessed in a variety of ways, including lab activities, short take-home assignments, in-class exercises, and exams. Your attendance and class participation is essential to your success in this course.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Kristine M Bovy
Date: 06/24/2005