Analyzing Artifacts

3 credits


College of Arts and Science

Archaeological research focuses on artifacts, defined broadly as human-made objects. This lab-based course provides experience applying common archaeological methods. Students will be able to identify key characteristics of artifact types central to archaeological analyses (e.g., pottery, textiles), explain how technology factors into human culture, outline and apply specific analytic techniques used to gain information about human behavior, and demonstrate the basic skills required to work in archaeological laboratory settings.