Students will be exposed to archaeological field and laboratory techniques, and will learn the types of research questions that archaeologists ask while reconstructing past cultures. The course will draw upon prehistoric and historic examples, there will be many opportunities to handle artifacts in the classroom, and both terrestrial and underwater sites will be featured. There will be a minimum of two required field trips to archaeological sites and to demonstrate equipment and techniques in the field. A significant part of the course will be devoted to demonstrating that archaeology is a preservation-oriented field, focused not just upon learning about the past but geared toward protecting and conserving the physical remains of the past for future generations to enjoy.
*All course information is from the 2013-2014 Catalog.