Scotty B. Moore
Techniques, methods, and goals of archaeological research. Excavation and dating of archaeological materials. General problems encountered in explaining archaeological phenomena.
Archaeology is the study of the human past through careful examination of the tangible remains that people left behind. Like a good detective novel, archaeological research involves using a number of different tools and ideas to interpret the clues that are left in ground over time. This class provides an overview of methods and theory used by modern American archaeologists in their pursuit of knowledge of the past. Special emphasis will be given to laboratory methods and to critically evaluating some of the claims of popular archaeology, including: Atlantis, visitors from space, and the like.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Instruction will include a combination of lecture, lab activities where students will get hands-on experience with artifacts, and group discussions.
An interest in the past is all that is required! We will spend a good portion of the class debating some of the more popular myths surrounding the human past that tend to be presented in the media.
Class assignments and grading
Two major exams, weekly quizzes over reading assignments, lab assignments (generally completed during class) and a final paper (5-7 pages) covering a topic of popular archaeology (student choice). I am always interested in student opionions, so participation in class discussions will be mandatory!
Strong grasp of material presented in class. Papers will be graded on depth of argument and writing ability.