This course and accompanying lab focus on a scientific understanding of the biological and geological methods and theories that are relevant to human/environmental interaction in pre-historic and historic sites of human occupation. Research questions to be discussed involve three major areas of study: 1) relationships between site formation processes, environmental change and human activity; 2) plant and animal domestication and exploitation; and 3) methods for dating artifacts. The class and lab are held in May and early June at the Ames Plantation in Tennessee. Enrollment is limited; students must apply for acceptance through the director of the Archaeology Program.
ARCE 120 Field Research in Environmental Archaeology