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Amanda K. Taylor
ARCHY 469
Seattle Campus

Special Studies in Archaeology

Consideration in detail of specific archaeological topics, either methodological or substantive in content, of current interest. Offered occasionally by resident, new, or visiting faculty. For advanced undergraduates and graduate students. Prerequisite: ARCHY 205.

Class description

Coastal Archaeology. Archaeology 469 presents a survey of issues and methods in archaeology of coastal environment. The course will focus on prehistoric peoples but will also include historical archaeology. It should appeal to students with an interest in archaeology, history, marine sciences, the geology of coastal environments, and underwater exploration.

Student learning goals

Achieve an understanding of the special issues in modern coastal archaeology.

Develop research skills.

Develop basic lab analysis skills in archaeology.

General method of instruction

-Lecture -Hands-on experience with lab methods used by coastal archaeologists -In-class discussions of archaeological research. -Independent research with guidance from the instructor. -Non-mandatory field trips

Recommended preparation

It is recommended *but not required* that students come in with an introductory archaeology course (e.g., Archy 105, 205).

Class assignments and grading

Laboratory Exercises (100 points) During many classes, we will conduct laboratory exercises. Here you will work on skills in archaeological laboratory and field methods, and in the interpretation of the archaeological record. Most labs will involve the completion of a written exercise that will be due in class the next day.

Take-Home Assignments (200 points) There will be two take-home essays for this course. They will not be cumulative and each is worth 100 points. For these exams, you will write short essays on reading, lecture, and discussion materials. You will be graded on the content of your answers and the quality of your writing.

Research Paper (100 points) To explore and gain expertise in a topic of interest in greater depth and build research skills, each student will be required to write a ten-page research paper, due on the last day of the quarter. The paper must focus on a topic in archaeology, but I encourage you to draw ideas and methods from other disciplines. There will be mandatory meetings with the instructor to discuss progress on the paper, and I am happy to read rough drafts to work on content and writing skills. We will discuss the paper assignment in greater detail during the first week of class.

A grading rubric will be provided on the first day of class for all assignments.


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 Amanda K. Taylor
Date: 04/09/2008