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Angela E. Close
ARCHY 483
Seattle Campus

Analyses of Stone Artifacts

Current approaches to lithic analysis, including types of information obtainable (technological, functional, social, ideological) and constraints affecting the formation and analysis of lithic assemblages. Lectures interspersed with application of methods under discussion to individual artifacts and to assemblages. Prerequisite: ARCHY 371.

Class description

Description. Most of the course will consist of lectures and labs, in which the approaches to lithic analysis used in both the Old and New Worlds will be considered. These will include the types of information which can or might be derived from lithics - technological, functional, social, ideological - and some of the constraints which operated upon the formation of archaeological assemblages and which now operate upon their analysis. Lectures will be interspersed with application of some of the analytical methods under discussion to individual artifacts and to assemblages of artifacts.

Objectives: The objectives of the course are two-fold: a) to introduce the student to the methods and techniques currently used, or being developed, by archaeologists for the analysis of assemblages of flaked stone artifacts; and b) to prepare the student to deal with actual archaeological material. The fundamental concepts of practical lithic analysis will be reviewed in detail, but it is assumed that the student will already have a passing acquaintance with the most basic of these.

Student learning goals

Objectives: The objectives of the course are two-fold: a) to introduce the student to the methods and techniques currently used, or being developed, by archaeologists for the analysis of assemblages of flaked stone artifacts; and b) to prepare the student to deal with actual archaeological material. The fundamental concepts of practical lithic analysis will be reviewed in detail, but it is assumed that the student will already have a passing acquaintance with the most basic of these.

Objectives: The objectives of the course are two-fold: a) to introduce the student to the methods and techniques currently used, or being developed, by archaeologists for the analysis of assemblages of flaked stone artifacts; and b) to prepare the student to deal with actual archaeological material. The fundamental concepts of practical lithic analysis will be reviewed in detail, but it is assumed that the student will already have a passing acquaintance with the most basic of these.

Objectives: The objectives of the course are two-fold: a) to introduce the student to the methods and techniques currently used, or being developed, by archaeologists for the analysis of assemblages of flaked stone artifacts; and b) to prepare the student to deal with actual archaeological material. The fundamental concepts of practical lithic analysis will be reviewed in detail, but it is assumed that the student will already have a passing acquaintance with the most basic of these.

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Five of the analytical-exercises will count towards the final grade (25%). There will be three short essays (<3 pages, double-spaced) on topics set by the Instructor, who will try to schedule each over a 5-day period (Wednesday-Monday) (25%). Two exams will cover the material presented in class and in the supplementary readings. Each exam will account for 25% of the grade. Each exam will consist of written and practical parts. The time-limits for the practical parts will be very generous. Active participation in class is a source of extra credit if it is informed, thoughtful, useful and all those other good things.


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Last Update by Angela E. Close
Date: 09/21/2010