Spring 2022 not offered
ENVS 257, ANTH 257, E&ES 257|
Archaeological materials provide long-term records of how humans have modified past environments and how human societies respond to environmental change. In this course, students will learn how data from ancient plants, animals, and soils can be analyzed in order to draw interpretations about past human-environmental interactions. We will also discuss key topics in environmental archaeology, including the long-term environmental impacts of plant and animal domestication and debates over environmental causes for the "collapse" of civilizations such as the ancient Maya. The course will involve hands-on preparation and cataloging of plant and animal specimens to add to the Wesleyan Environmental Archaeology Laboratory comparative collections. Students must be available for one weekend class meeting to complete the first stage of animal skeleton preparation.
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||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)(ARCP-MN)(ARCP)(E&ES)(ENVS-MN)(ENVS)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
: Two midterms and one final exam with lab practical components; weekly reading response assignments; skeletal preparation assignment.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
: For Spring 2021, pre-recorded lectures will be posted to Moodle. Students will meet once a week for discussion sessions on Zoom or for in-person laboratory meetings in the Environmental Archaeology Laboratory. For weeks with laboratory meetings, half the class will meet on Mondays and half the class will meet on Fridays. Students must be available for one weekend class meeting to complete the first steps of the skeletal preparation assignment.
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