ANTHRARC 385 - The Archaeology of Early Humans
Section: 001
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Anthropology, Archaeological (ANTHRARC)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
ULWR, SS
Advisory Prerequisites:
Sophomore standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course introduces students to the many exciting new discoveries in the archaeology of our earliest human ancestors, tracing what we know of human cultural and biological evolution from the first appearance of upright, small-brained, tool-making humans, 2.0 to 2.5 million years ago, to the appearance of fully modern humans in the last 30,000 to 40,000 years. The course is divided into two segments. The first briefly surveys the techniques and methods used by archaeologists to find ancient archaeological sites, and how they go about studying the fossil human remains, animal bones, and stone tools from these sites to learn about ancient lifeways. This section also looks at how studies of living primates in the wild, especially chimpanzees, as well as modern hunter-gatherers, such as the Bushmen and Australian Aborigines, can help us to interpret the distant past. The second segment of the course turns to the actual archaeological record, looking at some of the most important finds from Africa, Asia, and Europe. In this segment, the course follows the accelerating developmental trajectory of our ancestors from the simplest tool-makers, who lacked any sign of art or religion, to humans much like ourselves, who began to bury their dead with clear displays of ritual and who adorned the walls of their caves and their own bodies with art. The course is oriented as much toward students with a general curiosity and interest in the human past as toward students who will become eventual concentrators in anthropology.

Requirements include three in-class hourly exams and a series of brief essays on specific topics covered in lecture and readings. Sections will involve both discussion and hands-on projects with archaeological artifacts and human fossils.

Required readings: a text and course pack with articles supplementing the lectures.

ANTHRARC 385 - The Archaeology of Early Humans
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
23310
Open
9
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (DIS)
P
23311
Open
2
 
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M 2:00PM - 3:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
23312
Open
2
 
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W 11:00AM - 12:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
28732
Closed
0
 
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W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
28733
Open
5
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
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