CLARCH 480 - Plants in Archaeology
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Classical Archaeology (CLARCH)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
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May not be repeated for credit.
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The course addresses the complex interrelations between the natural environment, plant resources and human societies in the past, and more specifically the use of plant remains to answer archaeological questions. Different classes of archaeobotanical material are introduced, with particular attention to carpological data. The course provides a background for the analysis and interpretation of archaeobotanical data aimed at preparing students for the critical assessment of published paleoethnobotanical reports. The class is designed with lectures, discussion sessions on assigned readings and a laboratory practicum portion. Major methodological and theoretical issues and different aspects in the preservation, formation processes and taphonomy of vegetal remains are the focus of the interactive discussion sessions as well as a number of case studies from various chronological periods and geographical areas. The lab portion of the course focuses on the practical hands-on aspects of sorting plant remains and on the identification procedure and quantification issues in archaeobotany, with an emphasis on charred material.

Course Requirements:

Midterm, final and a paper proposing an archaeobotanical sampling and analysis strategy applied to an archaeological context of your choice. In addition students are expected to complete at least 20 hours of individual work in the lab and to complete the sorting and identification of a given quantity of samples. There will be a log to be signed in the lab.

Intended Audience:

No prior knowledge required but some archaeology preferred.

Class Format:

Three meetings per week: lecture, discussion session, lab.

CLARCH 480 - Plants in Archaeology
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001 (SEM)
MWF 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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