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Archaeology Sylabus

June 5, 2021
USF ANT3101 Sec002 Cooper 103 Mon/Wed 8-9:15 am
Nancy White, SOC 47, office hrs: Thurs 9-10 a.m. SOC 47
or by appointment in person or by phone
Phone: 974-0815 email: [email protected]du
Fall 2020
1500--year-old Middle Woodland
DRAFT cutout red-painted ceramic jar with
bird head, from Bristol mound, northwest Florida
Required texts:
- Ashmore, W. and R. Sharer, DISCOVERING OUR PAST, A Brief Introduction to Archaeology, 6th ed. McGraw
Hill, NY, 2014 (A&S)
- Price, T. and G. Feinman, IMAGES OF THE PAST. 7th ed. Mayfield, NY, 2010 (P&F)
Suggested text: White, N.M., Archaeology for Dummies. Wiley, Hoboken, NJ, 2008
Date Discussion Topics Assigned Readings (pages)
24-31 Aug Definition and kinds of archaeology, history of archaeology A&S ix-38, P&F 1-8
2-9 Sept Archaeological theory, data, site formation processes A&S 39-85
7 Sept, no class, Labor Day holiday
14-16 Sept Archaeological survey and excavation: where, how to dig A&S 86-115, P&F 8-18
21-23 Sept Archaeological lab work and analysis of the remains A&S 115-178, P&F 19-33
28-30 Sept Archaeological interpretation and reconstruction A&S 179-236
5-7 Oct Public archaeology, modern society, cultural resources A&S 237-end; P&F 543-46
** 12 Oct Mon Midterm exam **
12-14 Oct Human prehistory: first people, culture, Lower Paleolithic P&F 35-96
19-21 Oct Middle and Upper Paleolithic hunter-gatherers; emergence P&F 99-133, 147-164
of modern humans; Mesolithic, origins of food production 170-76
26-28 Oct Old-World Neolithic, Metal Ages P&F 179-224, 242-244,
** 26 Oct GEA PAPER 1 DUE ** 489-513
2-4 Nov Old World States, later African, Asian states P&F 419-469, 483-87,
9-18 Nov North American archaeology P&F 139-148, 165-69, 249-99
++ GEA PAPER 2 DUE Mon 16 Nov ++
23-30 Nov Mesoamerican archaeology, S. American archaeology P&F 143-5, 225-41, 303-
26-29 Nov no class, Thanksgiving holiday
*** Mon 7 Dec 7:30-9:30 FINAL EXAM ***
Archaeology investigates past peoples through study of their material remains. This course
explores different kinds of archaeology, theory, methods, and techniques to reconstruct, interpret,
preserve, and learn from the past. We will explore how archaeological knowledge is obtained, then
review the human cultural chronology from the time of the first people and the long Paleolithic
ages to the present. We want to understand not only the material remains but also the important
social, economic, and ideological questions: the origins of culture, food production, social
inequality, and civilization. The course emphasizes archaeology as anthropology and the relevance

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