Course syllabus

Anthropology 318

Approaches to Archaeological Science


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LECTURER:  Prof. Peter Sheppard Rm. HSB 719 x88572 Office Hours: After class or by appointment.




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DEMONSTRATOR: Patricia Pillay


Start/End Dates




24/07/2019 - 28/08/2019


3:00PM to 5:00PM

HSB - East,Rm 704

26/07/2019 - 30/08/2019


3:00PM to 4:00PM

HSB - East,Rm 704

 Some lectures will be held in the Archaeology Laboratories on the 7th floor HSB.


COURSEWORK: 2 marked labs worth 20% each and one paper for 30%, Final Test worth 30%.


PRACTICALS/Labs: Will be held in the field and in the archaeology labs HSB 709.


Canvas: Lab exercises, assigned readings, and additional resource material will be made available through Cecil.   




This course is designed to introduce students to the application of scientific techniques in archaeology. Topics covered will include site location, dating, sourcing archaeological material, investigation of artefact manufacture and use, and study of archaeological sediments. Coursework will include a series of 6 lab exercises/Practicals of which the student must choose and complete 2 for credit (1 that is assigned prior to the mid-term break and 1 that is assigned after.) Each exercise is worth 20%. Your lab report must be typed, describe methods used and conclusions reached (and why?) and include properly formatted tables, graphs,   references, etc. where appropriate (See departmental guidelines for citations and other details- Also the Society for American Archaeology Style guide is useful   or the Journal of Archaeological Science Guide  ). Students will be given 3 weeks after the lab is assigned to complete and hand-in the lab they choose, although this will be abbreviated at the end of the course. Attendance at lab/practicals is required. An essay worth 30% is due on the May 12th which is the second week after the mid-term break. This essay will be circa 10 typed pages and provide a detailed description and overview of an archaeological science technique or method of your choice (e.g. radiocarbon dating, ceramic temper analysis, isotopic analysis for diet reconstruction etc.) and a review of its application or potential application in the Pacific region.

Copy of the Full Course Outline

ANTH 318 Course Outline 2019.pdf

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