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Undergraduate courses in Archaeology

ARCHLGY 1. Introduction to Prehistoric Archaeology

(Same as ANTHRO 3.) Aims, methods, and data in the study of human society's development from early hunters through late prehistoric civilizations. Archaeological sites and remains characteristic of the stages of cultural development for selected geographic areas, emphasizing methods of data collection and analysis appropriate to each. GER:DB-SocSci, EC-GlobalCom

3-5 units, Aut (Rick, J)

ARCHLGY 11. Archaeology and Ancient Technology: How Things Were Made

Sum (Hunt)

5 units

ARCHLGY 99A. Historical Archaeology in the Archive, Lab, and Underground: Methods

The practice of historical archaeology through methodologies including archival research, oral history, material culture analysis, and archaeological excavation. Students use these methods to analyze the history and archaeology of a local park, the Thornewood Open Space Preserve.

5 units, not given this year

ARCHLGY 101B. Past Human Environments

(Same as ANTHRO 103A, ANTHRO 203A, ARCHLGY 301B.) Perspectives, methods, and data that archaeology brings to human/environment interaction issues such as environmental variability and change, sustainability, and human impacts. How to use paleoenvironmental data in archaeological research; how to recover and analyze such data to reconstruct human/environment interactions in prehistory.

3-5 units, Spr (Contreras, D)

ARCHLGY 102. Archaeological Methods

(Same as ANTHRO 91A.) Methodological issues related to the investigation of archaeological sites and objects. Aims and techniques of archaeologists including: location and excavation of sites; dating of places and objects; analysis of artifacts and technology and the study of ancient people, plants, and animals. How these methods are employed to answer the discipline's larger research questions.

5 units, Spr (Hodder, I)

ARCHLGY 103. History of Archaeological Thought

(Same as ANTHRO 90A.) Introduction to the history of archaeology and the forms that the discipline takes today, emphasizing developments and debates over the past five decades. Historical overview of culture, historical, processual and post-processual archaeology, and topics that illustrate the differences and similarities in these theoretical approaches.

5 units, Win (Aldrich, C)

ARCHLGY 103C. Visualizing Archaeological Knowledge In the Information Age

(Same as ARCHLGY 303C.) (Graduate students register for 303C.) Why should archaeologists be concerned with new media? The emergence of new media in the popular and technical realms; why archaeology has begun to use new media and how it can benefit; how representing and distributing archaeological information is being changed, and epistemological and ethical implications. Hands-on application of new media to an archaeological project using blogs, wikis, and 3-D immersive environments.

3-5 units, not given this year

ARCHLGY 104C. The Archaeology of Ancient China

(Same as ARCHLGY 304C.) Early China from the perspective of material remains unearthed from archaeological sites; the development of Chinese culture from early hominid occupation nearly 2 million years ago through the development of agriculture in the Neolithic period and complex society in the Bronze Age to the political unification of China under the Qin Dynasty. Continuity of Chinese culture from past to present, history of Chinese archaeology, relationships between archaeology and politics, and food in early China.

5 units, not given this year

ARCHLGY 105A. Cultural Property and Global Heritage

(Same as ARCHLGY 305A.) The historical, commercial, and intellectual contexts of the collection and misappropriation of cultural artifacts from the 18th century to the present; implications and what they reveal about human engagement with the material past. Emphasis is on contemporary legal and ethical issues of trade and repatriation.

3-5 units, Spr (Brodie, N)

ARCHLGY 106A. Museums and Collections

(Same as ARCHLGY 306A.) Global organization of museums; their history and roles in society. Social issues involved in the management of collections, and their public role. The role of the curator in contemporary society.

3-5 units, Spr (Newble, L)

ARCHLGY 107A. Archaeology as a Profession

(Same as ANTHRO 101A.) Academic, contract, government, field, laboratory, museum, and heritage aspects of the profession.

5 units, Aut (Contreras, D)

ARCHLGY 108A. Archaeological Field Methods

Student participation in on-campus excavation at the site of the old gymnasium. Excavation skills, laboratory processing, and primary recording.

5 units, Spr (Staff)

ARCHLGY 109. Archaeogenetics

(Same as ARCHLGY 309.) The application of human genetic studies to the interpretation of archaeological data. Focus is on the transition to the Neolithic; attention to more recent case studies pertinent to historic anthropology. Topics include: the social construction of race and ethnicity; colonialist abuses of genetic theories and data; the Neolithic transition to agropastoralism in the Near East, Europe, and N.E. Africa; Greek and Phoenician colonies in the Mediterranean; the Bantu expansion; the Atlantic slave trade and the African diaspora; expansion of agriculture in E. Asia, and the peopling of Oceania and the Americas.

4-5 units, Aut (King, R)

ARCHLGY 110. Magic, Science, and Religion: Archaeological Perspectives

(Same as ANTHRO 116A, ANTHRO 216A, ARCHLGY 310.) How human beings make sense of their worlds. The naturalness of ideas, human relations to the natural and supernatural, and dichotomies of West and other, sacred and secular, and faith and skepticism. The material-historical constitution of different of modes of thought. Sources include classic and contemporary theoretical readings in archaeology, anthropology and science studies. Archaeological and ethnographic case studies from different world regions and historical periods.

4-5 units, Aut (Aldrich, C)

ARCHLGY 111. Cultural Heritage in Post-Socialist Europe

(Same as ANTHRO 111A.) How the fall of the Berlin wall transformed everyday life culturally, politically, and economically through transitions to capitalism and democracy. Interdisciplinary writing in anthropology, archaeology, urban studies, cultural studies, and media commentary on cultural heritage, memory and identity in the post-socialist Europe. How intervention into these spaces by contemporary artists and architects offers alternatives to think about the past?

3 units, Spr (Bezic, A)

ARCHLGY 112. The Archaeology of Early Islam

(Same as ARCHLGY 312.) The material culture of the beginnings of Islam, including the Umayyads in the Levant, the Abbasids in Iraq, and the further provinces of the Caliphate. The transition from Byzantium to Islam and the mechanisms of cultural adaptation. The economic and cultural globalization of the 8th and 9th centuries.

3-5 units, Spr (Staff)

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