Archaeological Method and Theory

ARCL 305 with Andrew Martindale.

This course is designed to introduce you to the basic analytical frameworks and tools of archaeology. The former include a range of theoretical and issues-based ideas such as identity, gender, indigenous archaeology, CRM, evolution, post-modernism, etc. The latter include methodological issues such as classification, quantification, statistics, description, recording, and data management. In addition, you will learn about the most widely used archaeological methods of data and material analysis including the study of dating, artifacts and materials, lithics, flora and fauna, and spatial patterning. This class is also designed to give you experience in the archaeological interpretive process by guiding you through a series of key case studies in the history of archaeology.