BYU Independent Study - Online Courses

Introduction to Archaeology



$ 579.00

Instructor: Jaime Lyn Bartlett MPhil
Credits: 3.00

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Studying past human behaviors and cultures by applying scientific principles and reasoning; exploring case studies concerning archaeological discoveries.

Course Content:

Unit 1: Introduction to Archaeology
Lesson 1: Introduction: What is Archaeology?
Lesson 2: "A back-looking curiosite": Moving from a Hobby to a Discipline
Lesson 3: How Does an Archaeologist Think? Current Archaeological Theory
Lesson 4: Fundamentals of Scientific Method and Research
Lesson 5: What Does an Archaeologist Do? Modern Archaeological Method
Lesson 6: How Does an Archaeologist Get a Date? The Importance of Dating Techniques
Unit 2: Technology
Lesson 1: What Is Technology?
Lesson 2: The Peopling of the Americas: The Clovis-First Debate
Lesson 3: Ethnoarchaeology
Lesson 4: Experimental Archaeology
Unit 3: Economics
Lesson 1: Introduction to Economics
Lesson 2: Building an Argument: Direct vs. Indirect Evidence
Lesson 3: The Family Cookbook: Eating in the Longue Durre
Lesson 4: The Agricultural "Revolution": From Foraging to Farming
Lesson 5: The Consequences of Agriculture
Lesson 6: The Iceman Cometh ...
Unit 4: Social and Political Organization
Lesson 1: Curiouser and Curiouser: Increasing Social Complexity
Lesson 2: The Archaeology of Politics: Theories of State Formation
Lesson 3: The Development of Empires and Civilizations
Lesson 4: Social Landscapes: Landscape Archaeology
Lesson 5: Social Interaction: Evidence from Underwater Archaeology
Unit 5: Ritual and Religion
Lesson 1: What Were They Thinking?! Cognitive Archaeology
Lesson 2: You Call that "Art"? Interpreting Prehistoric Artwork
Lesson 3: What Does It Mean? The Use of Ancient Writing Systems
Lesson 4: The Crusades: Historical Archaeology
Lesson 5: Mysteries of the Past: Unique Discoveries
Lesson 6: Using the Past: Special Interests in Archaeology

Online Courses:

Course materials are accessed online, and all assignments must be submitted online. Optional course readings may be available but do not include the self-check assignments or graded assignments.
Optional Materials Cost
   ANTHR 110 Reading packet    $ 20.00