Old World Archaeology: Courses


ANTH 3503 Old World Prehistory
The origin of humanity in Africa, hunters and gatherers of the Paleolithic, the origins of agriculture and the transition to settled life, and the emergence of civilizations in Africa, Asia and the Near East.
ANTH 2502 Human Evolution
The processes and events leading to the origin of human beings. Human physical and cultural development from its beginning to the dawn of settled life, through the approaches of physical anthropology and archaeology.
ANTH 3512 African Prehistory
The African archaeological record from first artifacts to historic times. The stone age, the domestication of crops, the ways of life of early herding societies, the development of metal working, and the rise of early African kingdoms.

ANTH 3513 Near Eastern Prehistory
From the earliest hunter-gatherers to the rise of the state: the transition from food gathering to food production and the development of complex societies in the Near East .

ANTH 287 The Origins of Agriculture
The origins and spread of agriculture worldwide. Economic, social, and ideological ramifications of the agricultural transition. Processes of plant and animal domestication.

ANTH 3514 European Prehistory
The biological, cultural, and technological evolution of European societies from the Lower Palaeolithic to the Neolithic, with special emphasis on the changing life-ways of hunter-gatherer societies and the eventual impact of expanding agricultural communities.

ANTH 4510 The Neanderthals
In depth coverage of the biological, cultural, technological, and behavioral evolution of Neanderthal societies throughout Eurasia. Additional topics include palaeoenvironmental and palaeoclimatic change, interactions with modern human populations, and debates surrounding the chronology and nature of the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic Transition.


ANTH 3702 Human Osteology
Human skeletal anatomy from an evolutionary and functional perspective. Identification and interpretation of bones of the human skeleton, methods for aging, sexing, and identifying pathologies.

ANTH 3701 Lithic Technology
The properties of stone tools – the primary evidence of human behavior for humanity’s first 2.5 million years – and the processes of their manufacture. Analysis of prehistoric tools and toolreplication.

ANTH 3703 Zooarchaeological Method and Theory
Method and theory of archaeological faunal analysis, including training in the identification of skeletal materials, the formation of the zooarchaeological record, and the interpretation of zooarchaeological data.

ANTH 3705 Paleoanthropology
Fossil evidence for the evolution of the human family, Hominidae. Anatomical features, behavior,and evolutionary relationships of extinct hominids; the use of biological, geological, and archaeological evidence to reconstruct past hominid adaptations.

ANTH 3704/W Experimental Archaeology
Method and theory of experimental archaeology, including hands-on study of past human behavior through experimentation with modern material cultural, and the execution of an experimental research project addressing an archaeological question.

Plants and People
An interdisciplinary study of plants and people in the past and present spanning anthropology, archaeology, botany, and ecology. Topics include plant classification (examination of herbarium specimens); ethnobotany and archaeobotany; agriculture through the ages; global migrations of crops; current issues in agriculture; medicinal, symbolic, and ritual plants; ornamental and food gardens; landscape change.

Earth Surface Processes
Processes responsible for the formation of the unconsolidated materials, landforms and soils which constitute the Earth’s surface. Introduction to surface water and groundwater hydrology, geological hazards, and the effects of climate change. One or more weekend field trips may be required.


ANTH 5308. Human Evolutionary Theory
Evolutionary concepts applied to human body size and shape, diet, disease, group composition, and reproductive behavior..

ANTH 5356. History of Archaeological Theory
A critical review of the development of archaeology, with particular emphasis on the theoretical innovations of the 1960s and 1970s.

ANTH 5358 Analytical Methods in Archaeology
Quantitative analytical techniques and the analysis of archaeological datasets. Topics include research design, hypothesis testing, statistical inference, significance testing, sampling, regression, correlation, dating techniques, and database design.

ANTH 5361 The Ecology of Human Evolution
Early human ancestors as components of past ecosystems. Recovery of ecological information from fossil sites; reconstruction of ancient behavior; relevance of ethnology and the study of contemporary foraging people for reconstruction of the past.

ANTH 5363 Archaeological Site Formation Processes
The creation of archaeological sites by human behavior and geological forces. The characteristics of various formation processes and identification of them in the archaeological record.

ANTH 5305 Quantitative Zooarchaeology
Archaeological problem solving using zooarchaeological and taphonomic data; the evolutionary ecology of human economies; evaluation and quantification of zooarchaeological data; formation of faunal assemblages.