Search | Directories | Reference Tools
UW Home > Discover UW > Student Guide > Course Catalog 

Instructor Class Description

Time Schedule:

Julie K Stein
ARCHY 320
Seattle Campus

Archaeology of the Northwest Coast

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.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

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.


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 Julie K Stein
Date: 10/25/2002