Analysis of Cultural Materials

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3 sem. hrs.
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A fundamental aspect of archaeology is the identification, classification and analysis of the cultural remains recovered from archaeological excavations. This course presents students with an introduction to the archaeological record through consideration of an actual archaeological database in a laboratory setting. Background information on the manufacture, use and deposition of various cultural materials will be presented along with the taphonomic processes which lead to the recovery of these materials in archaeological contexts. Students will carry out artifact processing and analysis in an experiential learning situation. The course will utilize collections located at the Center for Military and Historic Archaeology laboratories at Heidelberg University. (Due to constrained lab space and the intensive nature of this course, it will be limited to ten students per section).