2022-2023 Pomona College Catalog 
    Mar 29, 2023  
2022-2023 Pomona College Catalog
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ANTH112 PO - Lab Methods in Archaeology

When Offered: Last offered spring 2020.
Instructor(s): A. Chase
Credit: 1

Perhaps one of the most important parts of archaeological research is what happens in the
archaeological laboratory. Ideally, the artifactual materials recovered as a result of excavation
should be simultaneously processed in the field so that they can inform the excavation strategy.
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the archaeological laboratory,
covering how and why materials are processed and examining the various substances that can be
recovered in the field. It also covers both the field illustration of these materials and their final
presentation. Emphasis also will be placed on the nature of the archaeological interpretation of
these materials in terms of their contexts, specifically focusing on the ancient Maya. This course is
embedded in an active field experience for the students so that students appreciate the value of
laboratory analysis 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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