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Introduction to Archaeology

ARCP 204
Fall 2024
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: ANTH 214, ENVS 207, IDEA 204
Course Cluster and Certificates: Sustainability and Environmental Justice

What can fragments of pottery, stones, and bones reveal about the lives of people who lived thousands or even millions of years ago? What does the archaeological record reveal about human evolution, past human diets and health, ancient socioeconomic systems, and the emergence of early cities? And how can we preserve archaeological sites and artifacts for future generations? This course will introduce students to the interdisciplinary field of archaeology. We will discuss key methods and principles that archaeologists use to study the human past while covering a survey of world prehistory from the earliest stone tools to the archaeology of contemporary material culture. Students will have the opportunity to examine real archaeological artifacts--including artifacts excavated from historic Middletown--and will be encouraged to think critically about the ways that archaeology informs our understanding of both the past and the present.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS ARCP
Course Format: LectureGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)(ARCP-MN)(ARCP)(ENVS-MN)(ENVS)(IDEA-MN)(IDEA)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

Last Updated on JUL-14-2024
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