Sep 25, 2022  

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SOC 233W - Archaeology Field Methods

Credits: 2
Provides a guided field experience in the basic techniques of land site analysis. Introduces commonly used methods of surveying and mapping; excavation; dating; artifact and ecofact identification and conservation; data recording, including photography and scaled drawing; and site interpretation. Examines criteria for selecting techniques appropriate to specific site conditions. Emphasizes the Michigan prehistoric and historic context.

Prerequisite(s): None
Corequisite(s): None
Lecture Hours: 30 Lab Hours: 0
Meets MTA Requirement: Social Science
Pass/NoCredit: Yes

Outcomes and Objectives
  1. Have a basic understanding of archaeological theory.
    1. Define and distinguish anthropological anthropology as a unique discipline separate from other disciplines.
    2. Demonstrate an understanding of the history of anthropological archaeology theory, i.e. antiquity, cultural history.
    3. Demonstrate an understanding of modern advancements in archaeological theory, i.e. processualism, post-processualism.
  2. Have a basic understanding of archaeological field methods.
    1. Apply the scientific method to the study of past human cultures.
    2. Understand archaeological reconnaissance, survey, and site identification, i.e. walk-over, shovel testing.
    3. Understand site assessment, i.e. stratigraphic analysis, deep testing, test units, trenching, provenience, superposition, and strata identified by their contents.
    4. Understand site mitigation, i.e. removal of artifacts from matrix using site assessment procedures for the purpose of historical preservation.
    5. Understand lab analysis, i.e. seriation, relative dating, and absolute dating.
  3. Use writing tasks to promote learning.
    1. Practice critical writing skills within the subject.
    2. Demonstrate knowledge of subject matter.

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