ARCE 220 Archaeological Methods


This class will examine how we use archaeological materials to learn about past societies by studying the traces that their inhabitants left
behind. Students will explore the range of methods used in the field, laboratory, and museum to find, record, date, preserve,
contextualize, and interpret material culture. Basic methods of investigation and research will be discussed through the examination of
site survey, excavation, and the analysis of artifacts. Students will be introduced to various systems of archaeological classification and
analytical techniques for understanding objects such as lithic artifacts, pottery, human skeletal remains, and other historic and prehistoric
artifacts. Artifact illustration, photography, cataloguing, and curating will also be discussed. This course is cross-listed as
Anthropology/Sociology 254.