Preliminary 2024-2025 Yavapai College Catalog 
    May 22, 2024  
Preliminary 2024-2025 Yavapai College Catalog

ANT 230 - Principles of Archeology

Description: Introduction to methods, theory, and techniques used in archaeology. The scope of human prehistory from the earliest human cultures to the rise of complex civilizations.

Prerequisites: ENG 101  or ENG 103  

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Lab: 0

Course Content:
  1. Historical perspective of archaeology
  2. Archaeological survey and excavation
  3. Archaeometry
  4. Social archaeology
  5. Environmental archaeology
  6. Subsistence and diet
  7. Prehistoric technology
  8. Prehistoric trade
  9. Cognitive archaeology
  10. Bioarchaeology
  11. Explanation in archaeology and why thins change
  12. Public archaeology

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Define the goals and scope of archaeology and trace the history of archaeology from its beginning as an antiquarian pursuit of providing culture histories to a more scientific approach. (1)
  2. Explain and describe methods of survey/excavation. (2)
  3. Explain the importance of time depth of human prehistory in relation to the bioculture of our species. (3)
  4. Explore the relationship between social organization and past settlement patterns. (4)
  5. Analyze the environments that were exploited in prehistory. (5)
  6. Use the concept of subsistence as the basis for categorizing what has been found in the archaeological record. (6)
  7. Trace the evolution of human innovations and technology. (7)
  8. Describe how both goods and ideas were exchanged. (8)
  9. Interpret the use of art for what past people were thinking. (9)
  10. Apply the principles of physical anthropology to archaeological burials (bioarchaeology). (10)
  11. Explain the importance of change in the archaeological record and discuss why cultures disappear. Interpret the key elements of past material culture (Behavioral Archaeology). (11)
  12. Define what cultural resource management is in reference to preserving a nonrenewable resource. (12)