Archaeology Field MethodsSOC 233W
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. (30-0)
Outcomes and Objectives
Have a basic understanding of archaeological theory.
- Define and distinguish anthropological anthropology as a unique discipline separate from other disciplines.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the history of anthropological archaeology theory, i.e. antiquity, cultural history.
- Demonstrate an understanding of modern advancements in archaeological theory, i.e. processualism, post-processualism.
Have a basic understanding of archaeological field methods.
- Apply the scientific method to the study of past human cultures.
- Understand archaeological reconnaissance, survey, and site identification, i.e. walk-over, shovel testing.
- Understand site assessment, i.e. stratigraphic analysis, deep testing, test units, trenching, provenience, superposition, and strata identified by their contents.
- Understand site mitigation, i.e. removal of artifacts from matrix using site assessment procedures for the purpose of historical preservation.
- Understand lab analysis, i.e. seriation, relative dating, and absolute dating.
Use writing tasks to promote learning.
- Practice critical writing skills within the subject.
- Demonstrate knowledge of subject matter.