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    Vassar College
   
 
  Dec 11, 2017
 
 
    
Catalogue 2017-2018
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STS 331 - Topics in Archaeological Theory and Method


1 unit(s)


The theoretical underpinnings of anthropological archaeology and the use of theory in studying particular bodies of data. The focus ranges from examination of published data covering topics such as architecture and society, the origin of complex society, the relationship between technology and ecology to more laboratory-oriented examination of such topics as archaeometry, archaeozoology, or lithic technology.

May be repeated for credit if the topic has changed.

Topic for 2016/17b: Technology and Ecology. (Same as ANTH 331  and ENST 331 ) Examines the interactions between human beings and their environment as mediated by technology, focusing on the period from the earliest evidence of toolmaking approximately up to the Industrial Revolution. Student research projects often bring the course up to the present. Includes experimentation with ancient technologies and field trips to local markets and craft workshops. Lucy Johnson.

 

Prerequisite(s): previous coursework in Anthropology, Environmental Studies, or Science, Technology, and Society, or permission of the instructor. 

May be repeated for credit if the topic has changed.

Not offered in 2017/18.

One 2-hour period plus one 4-hour lab.



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