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ANTHROPOLOGY

ANTH-531 Topics in Archaeology (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Rotating topics include historical archaeology, artifact analysis, archaeology of the Chesapeake, archaeology of the Potomac Valley, Aztec, Inca, and Maya, and archaeology and politics.

ANTH-531 001
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate
Section Title: Artifact Analysis
We live in a world of things, and archaeologists eventually must interpret the artifacts of our past. This hands-on course in the archaeology lab uses collections from two important archaeological sites. One site, from colonial Philadelphia, dates to the eighteenth through early nineteenth century, and the other site is a Native American site from the fourteenth century located along the Potomac River. The goal is to understand the process of analyzing artifacts, and how that leads to a deeper understanding of our collective past.