2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Dec 11, 2018  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog
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ARAS 101 - Introduction to Archaology


CR: 3
Through the exploration of material remains from ceramics to lithics, pollen to human remains, archaeologists present new understandings of past human cultures, directly confronting the question: How do we undertake the study and the creation of notions of “the past?” This course focuses on the tools that archaeologists use to attempt to answer such questions and the interdisciplinary methods that inform our analyses. By focusing on scientific reasoning as the core of the archaeologist’s analytical process, the course invites students, through hands on exercises and case studies, to consider what types of data and techniques are appropriate to answer a range of potential questions about the past, and the ways in which modern biases and ethical issues influence these discussions. Offered alternate years.



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