Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Business and Social Sciences Division
3 hours laboratory for each unit of credit.1 Unit

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 36 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: Lab Hours: 3 Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: InactiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: BothValidation: 12/13/10

1. Description -
Laboratory methods and techniques of archaeology, including cataloging, care and analysis of artifacts, bone recognition, and archaeological excavation.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: UC transferability is limited to 3 units maximum for ANTH 8L, 8LX & 8LY.

2. 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.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Laboratory with equipment for archaeological analysis.

4. 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
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. 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
7. Representative Text(s) -
Sutton, Mark and Brooke Arkush. Archaeology Laboratory Methods: An Introduction. Fifth Edition. 2009. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.

8. Disciplines -
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Oral presentations, Laboratory, Demonstration.
10. 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
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. 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.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a restricted support course for the AA degree in Anthroplogy.

Course status: Inactive
Last updated: 2015-03-03 10:27:46

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines