Instructor: Alex Knodell Office, RI Hall Grad Studio -Office hours Tuesdays 1:00-3:00 pm and by appointment
Teaching Assistant:Linda Gosner Office, RI Hall Grad Studio - Office hours Tuesday 4-5 pm, Thursday 9-10 am and by appointment
M 3:00–5:20 pm, Rhode Island Hall, Carriage House Lab, others TBD
Th 8-9 am, Section in Rhode Island Hall
This course is an introduction to archaeological practice and process. Students will learn the foundational methods of archaeological research design and fieldwork, including techniques of survey, mapping, documentation, excavation, artifact identification and artifact interpretation. The remit of the course also extends beyond excavation trenches. Students will engage with issues of presentation and representation, interact with non-professional audiences, become familiar with political and ethical challenges, and integrate data from other sources into their research (e.g., documents, oral histories, museum collections).
The goal of this course is to introduce students to a variety of archaeological field methods and research strategies, as well as stewardship issues and sub-specialties within the discipline (primarily survey and excavation, but also including geophysics, spatial analysis, faunal analysis, and heritage management). As part of the course requirements, students will maintain a wiki, complete written assignments and a final project, and participate in community archaeology days. Ultimately, this class will prepare students to navigate the process and dynamics of fieldwork, no matter where in the world they may wish to practice archaeology.