2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
    May 19, 2024  
2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ANTH& 204 Archaeology (5 credits)

Distribution Area Fulfilled Social Sciences; General Transfer Elective
Formerly ANTHR 230-CCN

Course Description
Introduction to archaeological method and theory.

Student Outcomes
1. Identify and discuss the major changes in archaeology in the past 200 years.
2. Explain and discuss the nature, aims, and processes of scientific archaeological research.
3. Apply metric measurement systems to discuss, document, and analyze archaeological data.
4. Explain appropriate use of sampling strategies in archaeological research.
5. Identify, discuss, explain and give examples of natural and cultural site formation processes.
6. Identify, explain, and discuss the appropriate application of various methods for locating archaeological sites.
7. Identify and explain relative and absolute dating methods and their appropriate application.
8. Explain and apply principles of stratigraphy, seriation, and stylistic dating in archaeological analysis.
9. Explain and demonstrate the significance of distributions, associations, and relative amounts for archaeological interpretation.
10. Identify, classify, and/or analyze artifacts, artifact types (e.g., ceramics, chipped stone) and their attributes using or identifying appropriate analytical techniques (e.g., sourcing, microwear, chemical studies).
11. Identify, explain, and apply appropriate analytical techniques for the interpretation of seasonality, environmental reconstruction, subsistence systems, and diet.
12. Discuss and identify appropriate techniques and research questions for the archaeological study of societies of different scales and levels of complexity.
13. Identify, discuss, and apply appropriate anthropological theory in the interpretation of the dynamics, organization, and interactions among past societies based on archaeological data.
14. Identify and discuss current cross-cultural, legal, and political issues that impact the practice of archaeology.

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