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Effective: Summer 2015
ANTH 8LARCHAEOLOGY LABORATORY1 Unit(s)

Advisory: Advisory: UC transferability is limited to 3 units maximum for ANTH 8L, 8LX & 8LY.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU/UC
3 hours laboratory for each unit of credit. (36 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Students will practice and apply understandings of archaeological laboratory methods and techniques of archaeology, including cataloging, care and analysis of artifacts, bone recognition, and archaeological excavation.
  • Students will learn how to critically analyze and interpret laboratory data gathered from archaeological fieldwork.
  • Students will apply anthropological principles for solving human problems on the local, regional and world scales.
Description -
Laboratory methods and techniques of archaeology, including cataloging, care and analysis of artifacts, bone recognition, and archaeological excavation.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. catalog, record, analyze artifacts.
  2. develop skills in the methods and techniques of excavating archaeological sites.
  3. recognize and interpret basic indications in the reconstruction and understanding of prehistoric culture.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Laboratory with equipment for archaeological analysis.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Introducing Artifact Types
  2. Processing of artifacts from collections
  3. Classification and Typology
  4. Introduction to archaeological projects currently being analyzed
  5. Beginning Materials Analysis
  6. Database Formation: Access vs Excel
  7. Chipped stone technology
  8. Ceramics
  9. Pottery Production
  10. Pottery Analysis
  11. Historic artifacts: Metal and Glass. Pipe stems.
  12. Shells
  13. Illustration: Drawing/Drafting
  14. Osteology & Zooarchaeology (Animal Remains)
  15. Forensics
  16. Geophysics: Ground Penetrating Radar
  17. Flotation & Paleoethnobotany (Plant Remains)
  18. Perishables: Basketry, Textiles, Wood, Hides, and others
  19. Relational Databases and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  20. Building Artifact Databases for Analysis
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Ability to learn and practice archaeological skills in laboratory and sites
  2. Skill in excavating and recording information
  3. Discussion of work performed
  4. Written report
  5. Weekly examinations of different subjects
Representative Text(s) -
Sutton, Mark and Brooke Arkush. Archaeology Laboratory Methods: An Introduction. Fifth Edition. 2009. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.

Disciplines -
Anthropology
 
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Oral presentations, Laboratory, Demonstration.
 
Lab Content -
  1. Introduction to Artifact Types
  2. Processing of artifacts from collections
  3. Classification and Typology
  4. Beginning Materials Analysis
  5. Database Formation: Access vs Excel vs Google Documents
  6. Chipped stone technology
  7. Ceramics
  8. Pottery Production
  9. Pottery Analysis
  10. Shells
  11. Illustration: Drawing/Drafting
  12. Historic artifacts: Metal, Glass and Pipe stems.
  13. Faunal Analysis: Zooarchaeology (Animal Remains)
  14. Flora Analysis: Plant Remains
  15. Flotation & Paleoethnobotany
  16. Perishables: Basketry, Textiles, Wood, Hides, and others
  17. Relational Databases and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  18. Building Artifact Databases for Analysis
  19. Student Projects: Materials Analysis
 
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Weekly examination of different subjects.
  2. Using real data students conduct independent research assignments on data collected from field projects and present preliminary analysis of artifacts.