ATH 102 : Introduction to Archaeology and Prehistory

Introduces methods and techniques used by archaeologists to study the development of human culture. Provides a survey of world prehistory, while emphasizing the development of social complexity and the origins of agriculture that precede both new and old world civilizations.


Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Course Outcomes

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Use an understanding of archaeological methods and theories to evaluate artifacts and other data.
  • Describe the impact of human beings on the environment over time and in different ecological settings.
  • Discuss ethical issues related to cultural resource management and the excavation and study of human remains associated with indigenous societies from an anthropological perspective.
  • Examine systems of power and social justice related to ancient societies and compare them with similar systems of power and privilege in contemporary societies from an anthropological perspective.

Additional Information

This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Social Sciences/AAS, Social Sciences/AGS, Social Sciences/AS, Social Sciences/AAOT, Social Sciences/ASOT-B.

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