COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
HIS 180 - HISTORICAL
ARCHAEOLOGY (3 CR.)
Introduces both the
methods and theories in historical archaeology as practiced in the United
States and worldwide. Includes time and space, field survey, excavation,
and archival and laboratory research. Some field trips to excavation
sites. Lecture 3 hours per week.
GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE
This course is an introduction
to both the methods and theories in historical archaeology as practiced
in the United States and worldwide. Topics include time and space, field
survey, excavation, archival and laboratory research. Some field trips
to site excavations.
ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCIES
General college entrance
Upon completion, the
student should be able to:
how the field of historical archaeology has developed during the Modern
Period in the United States, with an emphasis on research in the Mid-Atlantic
MAJOR TOPICS TO BE
B. trace the work of
archaeologists whose ideas have greatly influenced the current trends in
C. recognize site types
and theoretical concepts,
D. gain proficiency
in field and laboratory techniques,
E. conduct basic archival
A. The Past
as interpreted through Archaeology
a. Where am I? The
importance of the grid and the use of the transit.
B. Field Methods in Historical
1. Introduction: How
can you tell if it is prehistoric or historical?
2. Who’s who in Historical
Archaeology: The famous, the infamous, and the quiet few.
3. Site Types and
thematic concepts: how to be Privy to the purpose of a site.
1. What to
do first: the importance of documentary research.
2. Field excavation
techniques: site organization and the archaeologist’s toolkit.
3. The feature presentation:
context of space and time. Can you dig it?
4. Field Survey Techniques:
Recording sites in the field
b. Alternatives to
C. Coming in from
the field: Lab Techniques
2. digging burial
3. the archaeology
4. interpreting the
5. the future of historical