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Archaeology

Archaeology explores societies and cultures of the past through their material remains Such remains include monumental and occupational sites, artifactual and natural materials, and environmental landscapes and rock art. The department’s major and minor in archaeology take an anthropological approach to understanding past societies, while also allowing students to explore archaeological approaches in other disciplines such as classical studies, history, and museum studies. Students learn technical aspects of archaeological work, and explore the theory and methods used by archaeologists to interpret the material remains of the past. Courses cover both prehistoric and historic archaeology, and topics such as the social evolution of societies and the archaeology of death, gender, and everyday life. The final component of the major and minor is participation in an archaeological field program or internship, providing experience in the methods of archaeological excavation and analysis.

The Archaeology Major
The Archaeology Minor
Course Descriptions

 

The Archaeology Major
(32-35 semester hours)

Required:
ANTH 114    (3)    Introduction to Archaeology
ANTH 221    (3)    Culture, Society, and the Individual
ARCH 115    (3)    Archaeological Methods
ENVR 316    (3)    Geographic Information Systems I

Senior Exercises:
ANTH 451    (1)    Senior Workshop in Anthropology and Archaeology
ANTH 452    (3)    Senior Seminar

Choose 1 of the following courses:
MATH 106    (3)    Statistical Reasoning
MATH 205    (3)    Applied Statistics

Choose 1 of the following:
ARCH 377    (1-3) Internship
An approved off-campus field school

Choose 1 of the following courses:
ANTH 224    (3)    Ethnography
ARCH 317    (3)    Historical Archaeology

Choose 2 of the following courses:
ANTH 241    (3)    Gender and Society
ANTH 338    (3)    Memory, Commemoration, and Heritage
ARCH 207    (3)    Rise and Fall of Civilizations
ARCH 265    (3)    Archaeology of Everyday Life
ARCH 310    (3)    Archaeology of Death
ARCH 317    (3)    Historical Archaeology (if not chosen above)
ARTH 232    (3)    Greek Art and Archaeology
ARTH 234    (3)    Roman Art and Archaeology

Choose 1 of the following courses:
ANTH 322    (3)    Food, Culture, and the Environment
BIOL 104     (3)    Plants and Human Affairs
ENVR 143   (4)    Physical Geography: Landscapes

NOTES: Students choosing to declare majors in both anthropology and archaeology may use ANTH 451 and ANTH 452 for only one of these majors. The senior exercise for the other major may be an independent study if approved by the  advisor.

At least 4 courses (12 credits) elected for the major, including ANTH 452, must be at the 300-level or above.

 

 

The Archaeology Minor
(18-19 hours)

Required:
ANTH 114     (3)    Introduction to Archaeology
ARCH 115    (3)    Archaeological Methods
ARCH 265    (3)    Archaeology of Everyday Life

Choose 2 or more of the following courses:
ANTH 241    (3)    Gender and Society
ANTH 338    (3)    Memory, Commemoration, and Heritage
ARCH 207    (3)    Rise and Fall of Civilizations
ARCH 310    (3)    Archaeology of Death
ARCH 317    (3)    Historical Archaeology

Choose 1 or more of the following courses:
ANTH 322    (3)    Food, Culture, and the Environment
ARTH 232    (3)    Greek Art and Archaeology
ARTH 234    (3)    Roman Archaeology and Art
BIOL 104     (3)    Plants and Human Affairs
CLAS 205    (3)    Ancient Greece
CLAS 208    (3)    Society and Culture in the Roman Empire
ENVR 143    (4)    Physical Geography: Landscapes
ENVR 316    (3)    Geographic Information Systems I
HIST 135     (3)    America, Origins to 1877
HIST 214     (3)    Building the Past
HIST 223     (3)    The Ancient World, 8000 BC to 300 AD
HIST 225     (3)    The U.S. South
HIST 308     (3)    Encounters, Conquest and European Expansion, 1350-1650
HIST 312     (3)    Virginia: History and Memory
Other courses approved by the advisor

NOTE: At least six credit hours must be at the 300-level or above.


Course Descriptions

ANTH 114

| Introduction to Archaeology

ANTH 221

| Culture, Society, and the Individual

ANTH 224

| Ethnography

ANTH 241

| Gender and Society

ANTH 322

| Food, Culture, and the Environment

ANTH 338

| Memory, Commemoration, and Heritage

ARCH 115

| Archaeological Methods

ARCH 207

| Rise and Fall of Civilizations

ARCH 261

| Directed Study

ARCH 265

| Archaeology of Everyday Life

ARCH 310

| Archaeology of Death

ARCH 317

| Historical Archaeology

ARCH 361

| Special Study

ARCH 377

| Internship

ARCH 461

| Independent Study

ARTH 232

| Greek Art and Archaeology

ARTH 234

| Roman Art and Archaeology

BIOL 104

| Plants and Human Affairs

ENVR 143

| Physical Geography: Landscapes

ENVR 316

| Geographic Information Systems I

MATH 106

| Statistical Reasoning

MATH 205

| Applied Statistics