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Type B: Social Sciences - Archaeological Theory

Anthropology 3012 Archaeological Theory
An overview of the goals, theories, and analytical approaches of archaeology as they have developed over time, with special emphasis on the last half-century. Explores how archaeologists go from the material remains of past peoples to statements about what those people did and thought, and why things happened as they did. What we find out about the past depends on the questions we ask. What those questions consist of, in turn, is based upon how we think about the past — in other words, upon archaeological theory. Various theoretical frameworks for archaeological interpretation will be evaluated with regard to their utility, their ability to explain observable phenomena, and aspects of the past they may overlook.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Anthropology 1032 or permission of the Chair of the Department of Anthropology

Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences