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Effective: Summer 2015

Advisory: Advisory: Not open to students with credit in ANTH 11B.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
6 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Students will learn how to critically analyze and interpret archaeological data gathered from field survey.
  • Students will practice and apply understandings of field survey in archaeology.
  • Students will apply anthropological principles for solving human problems on the local, regional and world scales.
Description -
Introduction to field survey in archaeology. Emphasis on site identification, survey techniques and recording skills. All work is conducted at field sites.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. use and apply basic terminology of archaeology.
  2. research a parcel of land to locate all previously recorded archaeological sites, research reports
  3. utilize historic map archives to research peripheral resources to a parcel.
  4. explain the importance to archaeological survey of lithic scatters, permanent campgrounds and, ideological sites.
  5. analyze the environment and recognize archaeological resources of the Bay Area and Central Coast of California.
  6. read, evaluate critically, map on USGS index and inventory California archaeological site records.
  7. relate to State archaeological inventory centers and the State Historic Preservation Office Record Center.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Marshalltown Trowel and inexpensive compass.
  2. Instructor provided materials.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Basic units of archaeology survey concept and terms
    1. Artifacts
    2. Stratigraphy
    3. Archaeological sites
  2. Theory of archaeological survey
    1. History of the development of archaeological surveys
    2. Variety of archaeological surveys including predictive surveys
    3. Relationship of archaeological archive and public planning in California and the U.S.
  3. Practice of archaeological survey
    1. Forms and procedures for recording archaeological survey
    2. The use of U.S.G.S. for data indexing in archaeology
    3. The automation for computerization of archaeological data
    4. Use of hand held compass, map, and transit
    5. Field techniques of observation and recording
  4. Archaeological Resources
    1. The archaeological Regional Information Centers and their activity
    2. The state Office of Historic Preservation data center
    3. The GIS data systems of the National Park Services
    4. Data information systems used elsewhere in the world
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Completion of fieldwork.
  2. Daily field records.
  3. Oral reports.
Representative Text(s) -
White, Gregory and Thomas King. The Archaeology Survey Manual. Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek, CA. 2007.
Banning, E.B., Archaeological Survey (Manuals in Archaeological Method, Theory and Technique). First Edition. New York: Springer, 2002.
McMillon, Bill, Archaeology Handbook: A Field Manual and Resource Guide, Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, 1991.
King, T. F., Archaeological Survey, National Parks Service Manual, 2010.

Although several of these texts are older than the suggested "5 years or newer" standard, they still remain seminal texts in this area of study.

Disciplines -
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Field work, Oral presentations, Demonstration, Field trips.
Lab Content -
Required field survey practical exercises using compass, GPS and total station, among other techniques, to include ground-penetrating radar.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Requirement to learn methods on an real archaeological site. Examinations of methods carried out on site.