2022-2023 Pomona College Catalog 
    Dec 09, 2022  
2022-2023 Pomona College Catalog
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ANTH110 PO - Field Methods in Archaeology

When Offered: Spring 2020.
Instructor(s): A. Chase
Credit: 1

Interpretations of the past are made primarily through archaeology and written history. If written
history does not exist, then archaeological data are used to frame past life ways. Various
archaeological techniques and strategies exist for collecting and interpreting data, all of which is
gathered through combinations of survey, mapping, and excavation. Different techniques for
assembling and presenting these data may lead to differences in interpretation. This course is
designed to provide students with an introduction to archaeological field methods, covering how
and why materials are excavated and mapped in the field as well as the basic tool set that is
available for archaeology. Archaeological field methods are best learned in conjunction within-field
archaeological research; the readings and discussions are meant to supplement the actual practice
of archaeology in the field. The conjunction of reading and practice should better inform the
acquisition of archaeological knowledge and skills. Emphasis also will be placed on the nature of
the archaeological interpretation in terms of excavation techniques and contexts that are
specifically focused on the ancient Maya. This course is embedded in an active field experience for
the students so that students appreciate the value of survey,mapping, and excavation in answering
questions about the past. Letter grade only.
Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
Area 2

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