• ARCN 222: Experimental Archaeology and Experiential History

    This course offers an experiential approach to crafts, technologies, and other material practices in premodern societies. Through hands-on activities and collaborations with local craftspeople, farmers, and other experts, this course will examine and test a variety of hypotheses about how people in the past lived their lives. How did prehistoric people produce stone tools, pottery, and metal? How did ancient Greeks and Romans feed and clothe themselves? How did medieval Europeans build their homes and bury their dead? Students will answer these questions and more by actively participating in a range of experimental archaeology and experiential history projects. Lab required.

    Prerequisites: One previous Archaeology pertinent course 6 credits; Science with Lab; offered Spring 2021 · Alex Knodell, Austin Mason, Jake Morton
  • ARCN 246: Archaeological Methods & Lab

    As a field that is truly interdisciplinary, archaeology uses a wide range of methods to study the past. This course provides a hands-on introduction to the entire archaeological process through classroom, field, and laboratory components. Students will participate in background research concerning local places of historical or archaeological interest; landscape surveying and mapping in GIS; excavation; the recording, analysis, and interpretation of artifacts; and the publication of results. This course involves real archaeological fieldwork, and students will have an opportunity to contribute to the history of the local community while learning archaeological methods applicable all over the world.

    6 credits; Science with Lab, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; offered Spring 2021 · Alex Knodell
  • ARCN 250: Digital Archaeology

    The practice of archaeology in the twenty-first century is an inevitably digital undertaking: from the way we record data, process finds, map distributions, analyze patterns, and even publish our interpretations, it all passes through a ‘digital filter.’ This hands-on course will explore the different approaches that digital archaeologies take–from 3D imaging of objects and structures, spatial analysis in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing initiatives in contested or inaccessible landscapes, to modeling in Virtual Reality (VR) environments–while also reading about and discussing the implications and challenges of digital approaches and technologies for the theory and practice of archaeology. 

    3 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; not offered 2020–2021
  • ARCN 395: Archaeology: Science, Ethics, Nationalism and Cultural Property

    This seminar course will focus on a wide range of contemporary issues in archaeology, including case studies from many continents and time periods that shed light on archaeological theory and practice. Specific course content varies. The course serves as the capstone seminar for the Archaeology Minor; enrollment is also open to non-minors.

    6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; not offered 2020–2021