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|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: |
- catalog, record, analyze artifacts.
- develop skills in the methods and techniques of excavating archaeological sites.
- recognize and interpret basic indications in the reconstruction and understanding of prehistoric culture.
|Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
|Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
|A.Introducing Artifact Types |
B.Processing of artifacts from collections
Classification and TypologyArchaeological Project IntroductionBeginning Materials AnalysisDatabase Formation: Access vs ExcelChipped stone technology
- Video: Bradley Flint-Knapping
- Manufacture of lithics
- Analysis of lithics
Historic artifacts: Metal and Glass. Pipe stems.ShellsIllustration: Drawing/DraftingOsteology & Zooarchaeology (Animal Remains)
- Pottery Production
- Pottery Analysis
- Geochemical Analysis
Geophysics: Ground Penetrating RadarPlant Remains
Perishables: Basketry, Textiles, Wood, Hides, and othersRelational DatabasesGeographic Information Systems (GIS)Building Artifact Databases for AnalysisStudent Projects: Materials Analysis
|Methods of Evaluation - |
- Ability to learn and practice archaeological skills in laboratory and sites
- Skill in excavating and recording information
- Discussion of work performed
- Written report
|Representative Text(s) - |
|Sutton, Mark and Brooke Arkush. Archaeology Laboratory Methods: An Introduction. Fifth Edition. 2009. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company. |
|Disciplines - |
|Method of Instruction - |
|Lecture, Discussion, Oral presentations, Laboratory. |
|Lab Content - |
- Laboratory Exercises and demonstrations: Weekly lab exercises. Each lab exercise may include individual or group participation and covers assigned reading and lecture topics.
- Pottery analysis
- Lithic analysis
- Preparation of samples for analysis
- Cataloguing artifacts
- Materials identification
|Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - |
- Weekly examination of different subjects.
- Using real data students conduct independent research assignments on data collected from field projects and present preliminary analysis of artifacts.