This course introduces the students to the exciting discipline of science-based archaeology which applies analytical techniques derived from the physical, biological and earth sciences to the in-depth study of archaeological remains. The course combines lectures and hands-on laboratory sessions by the instructor and guest speakers on a range of topics including technology, climate, chronology, diet, environment, and exchange patterns. Using case-studies, particular attention will be paid on materials such as ceramic, metal and stone as well as human, animal and plant remains. As an outcome, students will have a clear understanding of the potential and limitations of a range of analytical techniques. Students will also be able to develop an analytic methodology to address specific archaeological questions.
Section 401 - LEC
UNIVERSITY MUSEUM 330
Department of Anthropology
Museum, Room 325, 3260 South Street Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 898-7461 Fax: (215) 898-7462