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Department of Anthropology

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Topics in Archaeology: Introduction to Scientific Approaches in Archaeology

Anthropology 4107 - Fall 2020

The aim of this course is to equip students with basic level of knowledge and understanding of the approaches and methodological techniques commonly used in a number of major sub-disciplines of scientific archaeology, including biomolecular archaeology, archaeobotany, geoarchaeology, zooarchaeology, bioarcheology, landscape study and GIS. Special emphasis is placed on diet, nutrition, palaeoclimate, palaeoecology and stable isotopic analysis in archaeology, however student will gain a sound awareness of a wider range of approaches and techniques that are widely used in other sub-disciplines, and how these may be utilized to investigate past societies and cultural landscapes. The lab component will help students to acquire hands on experiences and skills as the basic foundations of scientific applications, the ability to know why, what and where to sample on an archaeological site for environmental and scientific analyses, what kinds of information are forthcoming and how to critically assess these types of data. Scheduled course time will be flexible, please contact professor for more information.
Course Attributes: AS NSM

Section 01

Topics in Archaeology: Introduction to Scientific Approaches in Archaeology
INSTRUCTOR: Liu
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