FOOTHILL COLLEGE BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCE DIVISION ARCHAEOLOGY LABORATORY ANTH 8L, Section 01 Thursday 2:00pm – 3:30pm Instructor: Daniel Cearley Office Hours: Tuesdays 2:00-3:00 or by appointment E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Mailbox: BSS Office and Administration Building WINTER 2003 Room: 3201 Office: Building 5023 COURSE DESCRIPTION This is an introductory course in field and laboratory methods in archaeology. The class is oriented toward developing students basic skills most commonly employed in archaeological investigations. It will focus on site survey, excavation techniques, documentation, recovery of cultural material, care and cataloging of artifacts and basic theoretical models for interpretation and analysis. The course is structured to encompass the broad variation in archaeology providing students with an opportunity to understand both historical and pre-historic archaeology contexts. COURSE GOALS At the completion of the course, students should be able to: a. understand the general phases involved in archaeological investigations. b. develop proficiency in the most common excavation approaches and techniques. c. demonstrate awareness of local and Bay Area archaeological contexts. d. conduct site survey and basic mapping e. excavate a 1x 1 meter test unit. f. catalog, record, and analyze basic categories of artifacts. g. prepare written reports of findings h. evaluate material evidence in relation to established theories and ethno-history. REQUIRED TEXTS AND EQUIPMENT 1. 2. 3. 4. Instructor created lab/field course reader Spiral notepad “Marshalltown” masonry trowel #45-5 (Available at OSH) All other related excavation and lab equipment will be supplied by instructor. CLASS ORGANIZATION The class will be divided into a 20 minute Lecture and an hour of hands on work. Ten minutes will involve clean up and wrap-up discussion. GRADING POLICIES AND EVALUATION This course is designed to be participatory, thus attendance and active involvement is critical to a students success. Since this is a laboratory course make-up will be difficult – contact the instructor for attendance conflicts and scheduling other arrangements. EXERCISES This course is primarily hands on in focus, thus each week there will be a series of 6 “inclass” exercises and 3 fieldwork exercises. In total, 9 exercises. These will vary depending upon the content and generally will be carried out in small groups, each person designated to a specific task contributing to the completion as a whole. DISABILITY INFORMATION If there are any student who needs accommodations based upon the impact of a disability, please contact me to discuss your specific needs and/or the Disabled Student Services Office in Room 2127 at (650) 949-7332.