Spring 2012 not offered
While archaeologists debate whether archaeology is a science or one of the humanities, there is little disagreement on the extent to which various methods from a range of scientific disciplines contribute to archaeological reconstruction and interpretation. This course will examine the principles behind such procedures as radiocarbon and other dating methods; DNA analysis of human, faunal, and botanical remains; EDXRF spectometry sourcing of obsidian; neutron activation sourcing of pottery; resistivity, magnetometry, and radar exploration of buried sites; satellite imaging of sites; geomorphological analysis of sediments; etc. Methods will be examined in the context of case studies, with a focus on how the scientific results are incorporated into archaeological interpretations.
Course will emphasize the process of incorporating scientific results into archaeological interpretations.
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