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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

ANTH 4502 - North American Archaeology

This course presents an overview of North American archaeology, focusing on scientific evidence derived from systematic investigations of archaeological sites. This class explores the theory and methods employed in North American archaeology, utilizing published reports as case-studies to explore cultural, spatial, and temporal diversity among the continent’s past populations. Several key issues will be discussed, including: 1) the earliest humans in North America; 2) hunting strategies; 3) the rise of agricultural practices; 4) the development of pottery and it’s uses; 5) social contact and interaction among past populations in North America, and: 6) how and why archaeologists scientifically study archaeological materials to understand past populations.

Prerequisite: ANTH 1102