Julie K Stein
Origins, development, and variation of Pacific Northwest cultures, focusing particularly on Washington. Adaptations to maritime and interior environments. Artifacts from a variety of archaeological sites. Technological, functional, and historical significance of Northwest artifacts.
The contents of this course will prepare you to understand and evaluate archaeological news in your community. You will be able to appreciate the significance and politics of archaeological discoveries as well as evaluate the role of the media in disseminating news about those discoveries. You will learn how to assess the meaning of artifacts that you may find in your backyard, the kinds of material available on the web, and the Federal, State, and Municipal antiquity regulations applying to all citizens of this community. You will be reading news coverage, evaluating web sites, visiting museums, and learning to identify artifacts for their functions and age. The goal of the class is to prepare you for a lifetime of appreciating archaeology, not for memorizing what exactly happened in the past.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Course material is presented through lectures, handouts, and many slides. Sections take place at the Burke Museum where real artifacts are available for students to identify and interpret. Guest speakers provide a variety of perspectives, and students read news coverage of archaeological events.
Students should be interested in the past and the community in which they live. No previous archaeology course work required.
Class assignments and grading
Assesment is in the form of take home mid-term assignment, written evaluation of news coverage, artifact interpretations, and one in-class exam concerning events of the past. Extra credit for visiting museums with archaeological exhibits.
assignments, exams, sections, and class participation.