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Larkin N. Hood
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

discuss what archaeologists study and what archaeological information can tell us describe four major theoretical frameworks in archaeology and explain how they differ identify where and explain how archaeology intersects with other areas of study critically evaluate media representations of archaeology discuss the relevance of archaeology to modern peoples describe methods archaeologists use to discover and excavate sites distinguish between archaeological evidence and interpretation analyze the ethical issues surrounding the preservation and interpretation of the archaeological record using multiple perspectives collaborate with others think and communicate effectively through writing, speaking, and listening

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture, writing, hands-on field and lab work.

Recommended preparation

Use critical reading skills. Willingness and ability to work as part of a group.

Class assignments and grading

Course work will consist of reading summaries, in-class exercises, a midterm, and a paper and discussion. Class time will be spent in lecture, discussion, exercises, and labs. Students should use their out of class time to read the required background information for lectures and discussions and study and test the skills and knowledge developed in class.

Your grade in this course is based on a number of small assignments and exercises. There are no in-class exams. In order to successfully complete these assignments, you will need to draw on information generated in class. Thus, your attendance and class participation is essential to your success in this course. Assignments are due at the beginning of the class period on the day they are due.


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 Larkin N. Hood
Date: 04/15/2005