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Archaeology Concentration (ARCN)

Coordinators: Professors Mary E. Savina, Nancy C. Wilkie

Archaeology is an interdisciplinary study of material artifacts in their cultural and environmental context. The introductory and core courses of the concentration are designed to give students a methodological introduction to these three elements of artifacts, culture, and environment. In the supporting course projects, students take an interdisciplinary view, analyzing and interpreting material remains in a variety of ways. The range of supporting courses provides students with the flexibility to plan their own programs.

Students from any major may participate in the Archaeology Concentration. Students interested in the concentration are encouraged to consult with the coordinators early in the sophomore year in order to plan ahead and retain as much freedom of choice as possible in meeting the requirements of the program.

Requirements for the Concentration:

Eight courses are required for the concentration, including two introductory courses, two core courses, projects in three supporting courses, and one capstone seminar.

Introductory Courses (2):

GEOL 110: Introduction to Geology or

GEOL 120: Introduction to Environmental Geology and

SOAN 110: Introduction to Anthropology

Core Courses (2):

GEOL 210: Geomorphology or

GEOL 258: Geology of Soils and

SOAN 246: Archaeological Methodology

Projects in Supporting Courses (3):

A minimum of three supporting courses must be selected from among the college's offerings (other than the courses required for the concentration listed above). At least one of these courses must help students become familiar with a culture other than their own through work in History, Sociology/Anthropology, Latin American Studies, Asian Studies or any other program in which the material aspects of a given culture can be examined. In the three supporting courses, as part of the regular course requirements (or as a separate independent study, growing out of the course), students will write a paper or complete a project involving interpretation of archaeological materials. The topic of the paper should be negotiated by the student and the course instructor. If it is not possible to complete a project that uses archaeological data while taking the supporting course, the student must enroll in a separate two to six credit independent study for the purpose of writing such a paper. Students must fulfill normal prerequisites for the supporting courses before enrolling.

The concentration coordinators can advise students about which courses may fulfill these requirements. These courses are in many college departments and include courses conducted by visiting professors. Students are encouraged to consult with the concentration coordinators for suggestions.

The concentration coordinators are available to help students and instructors of supporting courses. Students are responsible for giving a copy of each completed paper/project to the concentration coordinators who will decide if the project is acceptable for the concentration.

Capstone Seminar (1):

ARCN 395: Archaeology Seminar or ARCN 394: Images of Africa: Deconstructing the Colonial World

Field Experience

Concentrators are strongly urged to gain practical field experience in archaeology over and above what is available through the capstone seminar. Field projects and off-campus programs with an archaeological component offer opportunities for such practical experience. For example, the ACM Costa Rica program offers field work in archaeology. The concentration coordinators can help arrange internships for concentrators with archaeological projects and laboratories, such as the Archaeometry Lab at the University of Minnesota - Duluth.

Archaeology Courses

ARCN 249. African Prehistory Cross-listed with SOAN 249. Current scientific theories hold that all our ancestors came from Africa. The course will follow the evolutionary 'fortune' of our early forebears, and how later African people developed as hunters, pastoralists and farmers, leading toward state formation in a number of areas. The focus will be on the archaeology of Africa, but will also look at how modern hunters and herders live as analogies for interpreting the archaeological record, and to understand the transitions to modern life and globalization which they are facing. 6 credits cr., SS,RAD, FallA. Smith

ARCN 394. Images of Africa: Deconstructing the Colonial World Cross-listed with SOAN 394. The colonial experience 'created' an Africa that was convenient for exploitation of native people by Europeans. The course will look at the history of contact between Africans and Europeans, and the problem of racial stereotypes that has been maintained down to the beginning of the twenty-first century. We will also be concerned about how museums display 'Africa' and 'Africans', and the effect of the New Museology on colonial institutions, which are having to debate issues of repatriation. Prerequisite: Sociology/Anthropology 110, 111 or permission of the instructor. 6 credits cr., SS,RAD, FallA. Smith

ARCN 395. Archaeology Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Archeology Cross-listed with SOAN 395. The course will focus on a wide range of contemporary issues in archaeology, including archaeological ethics, cultural property legislation, illicit collecting, looting of archaeological sites, the role of nationalism in archaeology. The course serves as the capstone seminar for the Archaeology Concentration. Enrollment is open to non-concentrators with permission of the instructors. 6 credits cr., SS, Not offered in 2002-2003.