Studying past human behaviors and cultures by applying scientific principles and reasoning; exploring case studies concerning archaeological discoveries.
Prerequisite: 
None
Course Outline: 
Unit 1: Introduction to Archaeology
Lesson 1: Introduction: What is Archaeology?
Lesson 2: "A back-looking curiosite": Moving from a Hobby to a Discipline
Lesson 3: How Does an Archaeologist Think? Current Archaeological Theory
Lesson 4: Fundamentals of Scientific Method and Research
Lesson 5: What Does an Archaeologist Do? Modern Archaeological Method
Lesson 6: How Does an Archaeologist Get a Date? The Importance of Dating Techniques
Unit 2: Technology
Lesson 1: What Is Technology?
Lesson 2: The Peopling of the Americas: The Clovis-First Debate
Lesson 3: Ethnoarchaeology
Lesson 4: Experimental Archaeology
Unit 3: Economics
Lesson 1: Introduction to Economics
Lesson 2: Building an Argument: Direct vs. Indirect Evidence
Lesson 3: The Family Cookbook: Eating in the Longue Durre
Lesson 4: The Agricultural "Revolution": From Foraging to Farming
Lesson 5: The Consequences of Agriculture
Lesson 6: The Iceman Cometh ...
Unit 4: Social and Political Organization
Lesson 1: Curiouser and Curiouser: Increasing Social Complexity
Lesson 2: The Archaeology of Politics: Theories of State Formation
Lesson 3: The Development of Empires and Civilizations
Lesson 4: Social Landscapes: Landscape Archaeology
Lesson 5: Social Interaction: Evidence from Underwater Archaeology
Unit 5: Ritual and Religion
Lesson 1: What Were They Thinking?! Cognitive Archaeology
Lesson 2: You Call that "Art"? Interpreting Prehistoric Artwork
Lesson 3: What Does It Mean? The Use of Ancient Writing Systems
Lesson 4: The Crusades: Historical Archaeology
Lesson 5: Mysteries of the Past: Unique Discoveries
Lesson 6: Using the Past: Special Interests in Archaeology