Department of Anthropology

Fred Valdez, Jr.


ProfessorPh.D., Harvard University

Fred Valdez, Jr.

Contact

  • Phone: (512) 471-0060
  • Office: SAC 4.162
  • Office Hours: Fall 2016: Wednesdays 10:00 a.m.-Noon, and by appointment
  • Campus Mail Code: C3200

Interests


Archaeology, ceramic technology; Texas, Mesoamerica

Biography


Research interests:
The study of material culture such as ceramic and lithic technologies, settlement patterns and small site studies, and the early emergence of social and political complexity. The history of archaeological investigations in Central America, cultural continuity and transition in Latin America and the American Southwest, Mesoamerican prehistory, and occasional seminars on technological aspects of material culture analyses.

Courses


ANT 304 • Intro Archaeol Stds: Prehist

31035-31060 • Fall 2016
Meets MW 8:00AM-9:00AM MEZ 1.306

An introduction to archaeology as a discipline.  Three major themes that deal with issues of the past will be covered:

1.  A brief history of the discipline, changing theories about various aspects of the past, and the role that the reconstructions of the past play in national and/or group identities.

2.  A survey of the development of human culture from its beginnings to the rise of civilizations and proto-historical cultures in most areas of the world.  Prehistoric cultures, archaeological sites, and areas of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe , and the Pacific will be covered.

3.  Archaeological methods of recovery of information about the past.  Scientific procedures involved in excavation, dating, and preservation of the material record.

ANT 324L • Pottery Processes

31235 • Fall 2016
Meets M 3:30PM-6:30PM T5D 1.102

Prehistoric Technology - Pottery Processes incorporates theoretical issues of pottery producion as well as hands-on requirements of making functional pottery forms. The introduction of pottery in prehistoric times marks permanent settlements, the beginnings of village life (and complex society), the implementation of standards towards craft specialization, and related social-political implications.

For the hands-on portion of the course, students will learn about and perform the collecting of raw clay.  The collected clay will then be processed in varied steps to prepare the material for the construction of a functional vessel. THe formed items will be open-fired; which requires understanding prehistoric firing techniques, and the mechanics of removing fired objects from the pyre.

ANT 453 • Archaeological Analysis

31350 • Fall 2016
Meets MW 10:00AM-12:00PM SAC 4.174

The purpose of this course to provide you (the course participants) with a background to “the kinds” of archaeological analyses that often occur, “what” is involved in archaeological analysis, and “how” archaeological analysis may be approached. This means learning what questions to ask about a field or laboratory project and the steps needed to understand the type of analysis required. From this course you should also become aware of “how to do” an analysis from start (first learning about certain material culture) to completion (doing the analysis and the report writing).

 

 

Prerequisite: Anthropology 304 or Archaeology 301.

 

ANT 304 • Intro Archaeol Stds: Prehist

30355-30380 • Fall 2015
Meets MW 9:00AM-10:00AM GAR 0.102

An introduction to archaeology as a discipline.  Three major themes that deal with issues of the past will be covered:

1.  A brief history of the discipline, changing theories about various aspects of the past, and the role that the reconstructions of the past play in national and/or group identities.

2.  A survey of the development of human culture from its beginnings to the rise of civilizations and proto-historical cultures in most areas of the world.  Prehistoric cultures, archaeological sites, and areas of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe , and the Pacific will be covered.

3.  Archaeological methods of recovery of information about the past.  Scientific procedures involved in excavation, dating, and preservation of the material record.

ANT 453 • Archaeological Analysis

30600 • Fall 2015
Meets MW 10:00AM-12:00PM SAC 4.174

The purpose of this course to provide you (the course participants) with a background to “the kinds” of archaeological analyses that often occur, “what” is involved in archaeological analysis, and “how” archaeological analysis may be approached. This means learning what questions to ask about a field or laboratory project and the steps needed to understand the type of analysis required. From this course you should also become aware of “how to do” an analysis from start (first learning about certain material culture) to completion (doing the analysis and the report writing).

 

 

Prerequisite: Anthropology 304 or Archaeology 301.

 

ANT 360K • Civilization Of The Maya

30605 • Fall 2015
Meets MW 3:00PM-4:30PM CLA 0.130
(also listed as LAS 324L)

Maya prehistory and history: the archaeological record, codices and inscriptions, and Spanish conquest writings

ANT F662 • Field Archaeology-Blz

81015 • Summer 2015

ANT 304 • Intro Archaeol Stds: Prehist

31335-31360 • Fall 2014
Meets MW 9:00AM-10:00AM GAR 0.102

An introduction to archaeology as a discipline.  Three major themes that deal with issues of the past will be covered:

1.  A brief history of the discipline, changing theories about various aspects of the past, and the role that the reconstructions of the past play in national and/or group identities.

2.  A survey of the development of human culture from its beginnings to the rise of civilizations and proto-historical cultures in most areas of the world.  Prehistoric cultures, archaeological sites, and areas of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe , and the Pacific will be covered.

3.  Archaeological methods of recovery of information about the past.  Scientific procedures involved in excavation, dating, and preservation of the material record.

ANT 453 • Archaeological Analysis

31595 • Fall 2014
Meets MW 10:00AM-12:00PM SAC 4.174

The purpose of this course to provide you (the course participants) with a background to “the kinds” of archaeological analyses that often occur, “what” is involved in archaeological analysis, and “how” archaeological analysis may be approached. This means learning what questions to ask about a field or laboratory project and the steps needed to understand the type of analysis required. From this course you should also become aware of “how to do” an analysis from start (first learning about certain material culture) to completion (doing the analysis and the report writing).

 

 

Prerequisite: Anthropology 304 or Archaeology 301.

 

ANT 383M • Field Projects

31830 • Spring 2014
Meets M 2:00PM-5:00PM SAC 5.118

ANT 304 • Intro Archaeol Stds: Prehist

31180-31205 • Fall 2013
Meets MW 9:00AM-10:00AM WCH 1.120

An introduction to archaeology as a discipline.  Three major themes that deal with issues of the past will be covered:

1.  A brief history of the discipline, changing theories about various aspects of the past, and the role that the reconstructions of the past play in national and/or group identities.

2.  A survey of the development of human culture from its beginnings to the rise of civilizations and proto-historical cultures in most areas of the world.  Prehistoric cultures, archaeological sites, and areas of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe , and the Pacific will be covered.

3.  Archaeological methods of recovery of information about the past.  Scientific procedures involved in excavation, dating, and preservation of the material record.

ANT 324L • Primitive Technology

31385 • Fall 2013
Meets M 3:00PM-6:00PM T5D 1.102

Prehistoric technologies will review various technological developments from earliest prehistoric times into the recent past. The development, process, and methods of stone tool making serves as one example. The control and use of fire, the processes of pottery making, aspects of metallurgy, leatherworking, etc. are all among the topics of lectures and discussions. This course intends to study the development and use of these technologies by hunter-gatherers, early farming communities, as well as the application of these technologies by complex civilizations.

 

ANT 453 • Archaeological Analysis

31495 • Fall 2013
Meets MW 10:00AM-12:00PM SAC 4.174

The purpose of this course to provide you (the course participants) with a

background to “the kinds” of archaeological analyses that often occur, “what” is involved

in archaeological analysis, and “how” archaeological analysis may be approached. This

means learning what questions to ask about a field or laboratory project and the steps

needed to understand the type of analysis required. From this course you should also

become aware of “how to do” an analysis from start (first learning about certain material

culture) to completion (doing the analysis and the report writing).

We will review each of the aspects noted above first by reading chapters detailing

some procedures. The class lectures will elaborate on the various analytical techniques

highlighted.

A schedule of planned topics is presented on a separate (color) page. This serves

primarily as a guide to the order of topics. The actual amount of time spent on a particular

issue or topic will vary according to the needs of the class.

ANT 304 • Intro Archaeol Stds: Prehist

31020-31045 • Fall 2012
Meets MW 12:00PM-1:00PM GAR 0.102

An introduction to archaeology as a discipline.  Three major themes that deal with issues of the past will be covered:

1.  A brief history of the discipline, changing theories about various aspects of the past, and the role that the reconstructions of the past play in national and/or group identities.

2.  A survey of the development of human culture from its beginnings to the rise of civilizations and proto-historical cultures in most areas of the world.  Prehistoric cultures, archaeological sites, and areas of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe , and the Pacific will be covered.

3.  Archaeological methods of recovery of information about the past.  Scientific procedures involved in excavation, dating, and preservation of the material record.

ANT 324L • Archaeol Excavation Analysis

31142 • Fall 2012
Meets M 3:00PM-6:00PM T5D 1.101

The “Artifact Analysis” course will introduce methods/techniques for artifact analysis. Beyond the theoretical premises of artifact analysis and interpretation will be the hands-on experience of working with an artifact set. Materials (lithics, ceramics, etc.) will be brought into the classroom and students (either individually or as small groups) will undertake an analysis and interpretation of the data set. The analysis will then be written up as part of an archaeological report that may be published. Ideally, every student will experience the post-excavation requirements of the professional archaeologist --- analysis, interpretations, write-up, and publication (and the range of research for each step).

ANT 453 • Archaeological Analysis

31260 • Fall 2012
Meets MW 10:00AM-12:00PM SAC 4.174

The purpose of this course to provide you (the course participants) with a background to “the kinds” of archaeological analyses that often occur, “what” is involved in archaeological analysis, and “how” archaeological analysis may be approached. This means learning what questions to ask about a field or laboratory project and the steps needed to understand the type of analysis required. From this course you should also become aware of “how to do” an analysis from start (first learning about certain material culture) to completion (doing the analysis and the report writing).

 

 

Prerequisite: Anthropology 304 or Archaeology 301.

 

ANT F662 • Field Archaeology-Blz

82025 • Summer 2012

The principal focus of the course will be instruction in the basic field techniques required both in cultural resource management and in more strictly research settings. Students will learn how to use a total data station, including downloading to a computer. Students will also learn how to lay out a grid and excavate small test pits that will help in evaluating the research potential of an archaeological site. Following this, students will learn the basics of excavation at a hunter-gatherer occupation site. Emphasis will be placed on sampling procedures, excavation techniques, collection of special samples, field laboratory procedures, documentation, and field assessment of findings as these relate to research objectives. There may also be some investigation of historic remains at the site. Upon successful completion of this course, a student should be able to find employment with any cultural resource management firm or institution. Rogers Spring site was partially excavated in 1933 and again in 1974 by the University of Texas. The site has a long record of occupation during the Archaic period, and it had a substantial historic component, though the extent of remaining historic and prehistoric is yet to be determined.

ANT S662 • Field Archaeology-Cent Tx

82145 • Summer 2012

The principal focus of the course will be instruction in the basic field techniques required both in cultural resource management and in more strictly research settings. Students will learn how to use a total data station, including downloading to a computer. Students will also learn how to lay out a grid and excavate small test pits that will help in evaluating the research potential of an archaeological site. Following this, students will learn the basics of excavation at a hunter-gatherer occupation site. Emphasis will be placed on sampling procedures, excavation techniques, collection of special samples, field laboratory procedures, documentation, and field assessment of findings as these relate to research objectives. There may also be some investigation of historic remains at the site. Upon successful completion of this course, a student should be able to find employment with any cultural resource management firm or institution. Rogers Spring site was partially excavated in 1933 and again in 1974 by the University of Texas. The site has a long record of occupation during the Archaic period, and it had a substantial historic component, though the extent of remaining historic and prehistoric is yet to be determined.

ANT 384M • Mesoamerica

31445 • Spring 2012
Meets M 1:00PM-4:00PM SAC 5.124
(also listed as LAS 391)

This seminar reviews the general history of Maya Civilization with a focus on the developments of society. What are the foundations of Maya Civilization? How did Maya institutions (economics, political organization, etc.) develop and change over time? What did Maya society look like through the various Preclassic segments? Each of these concerns and more will be explored through the lens of prehistoric archaeology reviewing social institutions as well as material culture of the Preclassic era.

ANT 304 • Intro Ary Stds I: Prehist Ary

30905-30930 • Fall 2011
Meets MW 2:00PM-3:00PM GAR 0.102

An introduction to archaeology as a discipline.  Three major themes that deal with issues of the past will be covered:

1.  A brief history of the discipline, changing theories about various aspects of the past, and the role that the reconstructions of the past play in national and/or group identities.

2.  A survey of the development of human culture from its beginnings to the rise of civilizations and proto-historical cultures in most areas of the world.  Prehistoric cultures, archaeological sites, and areas of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe , and the Pacific will be covered.

3.  Archaeological methods of recovery of information about the past.  Scientific procedures involved in excavation, dating, and preservation of the material record.

ANT 453 • Archaeological Analysis

31075 • Fall 2011
Meets MW 10:00AM-12:00PM SAC 4.174

The purpose of this course to provide you (the course participants) with a background to “the kinds” of archaeological analyses that often occur, “what” is involved in archaeological analysis, and “how” archaeological analysis may be approached. This means learning what questions to ask about a field or laboratory project and the steps needed to understand the type of analysis required. From this course you should also become aware of “how to do” an analysis from start (first learning about certain material culture) to completion (doing the analysis and the report writing).

 

 

Prerequisite: Anthropology 304 or Archaeology 301.

 

ANT 360K • Civilization Of The Maya

31080 • Fall 2011
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM UTC 3.132
(also listed as LAS 324L)

This course reviews Maya civilization and archaeological and art history perspectives. The Maya region is defined and described in order to have a common basis for studying the civilization. Early investigations into theMaya area and a summary of the earliest inhabitants are presented.

ANT F662 • Field Archaeology-Blz

81835 • Summer 2011

The principal focus of the course will be instruction in the basic field techniques required both in cultural resource management and in more strictly research settings. Students will learn how to use a total data station, including downloading to a computer. Students will also learn how to lay out a grid and excavate small test pits that will help in evaluating the research potential of an archaeological site. Following this, students will learn the basics of excavation at a hunter-gatherer occupation site. Emphasis will be placed on sampling procedures, excavation techniques, collection of special samples, field laboratory procedures, documentation, and field assessment of findings as these relate to research objectives. There may also be some investigation of historic remains at the site. Upon successful completion of this course, a student should be able to find employment with any cultural resource management firm or institution. Rogers Spring site was partially excavated in 1933 and again in 1974 by the University of Texas. The site has a long record of occupation during the Archaic period, and it had a substantial historic component, though the extent of remaining historic and prehistoric is yet to be determined.

ANT S662 • Field Archaeology-Cent Tx

81970 • Summer 2011

The principal focus of the course will be instruction in the basic field techniques required both in cultural resource management and in more strictly research settings. Students will learn how to use a total data station, including downloading to a computer. Students will also learn how to lay out a grid and excavate small test pits that will help in evaluating the research potential of an archaeological site. Following this, students will learn the basics of excavation at a hunter-gatherer occupation site. Emphasis will be placed on sampling procedures, excavation techniques, collection of special samples, field laboratory procedures, documentation, and field assessment of findings as these relate to research objectives. There may also be some investigation of historic remains at the site. Upon successful completion of this course, a student should be able to find employment with any cultural resource management firm or institution. Rogers Spring site was partially excavated in 1933 and again in 1974 by the University of Texas. The site has a long record of occupation during the Archaic period, and it had a substantial historic component, though the extent of remaining historic and prehistoric is yet to be determined.

ANT 383M • Field Projects

31450 • Spring 2011
Meets T 9:00AM-12:00PM SAC 4.118

This course will focus on topics related to field archaeology in the greater Mesoamerica area, but not limited to this region.  Specifics should be discussed with Professor Valdez before registering for the course.

ANT 304 • Intro Ary Stds I: Prehist Ary

29975-30000 • Fall 2010
Meets MW 11:00AM-12:00PM WEL 2.246

The anthropological study of prehistory, from human beginnings to the appearance of written records. Case studies to be taken from Old World and New World examples/developments. Lectures will be supplemented by films, slides, demonstrations, and guest lectures.

ANT 453 • Archaeological Analysis

30205 • Fall 2010
Meets MW 1:00PM-3:00PM EPS 2.136

The purpose of this course to provide you (the course participants) with a background to “the kinds” of archaeological analyses that often occur, “what” is involved in archaeological analysis, and “how” archaeological analysis may be approached. This means learning what questions to ask about a field or laboratory project and the steps needed to understand the type of analysis required. From this course you should also become aware of “how to do” an analysis from start (first learning about certain material culture) to completion (doing the analysis and the report writing).

 

 

Prerequisite: Anthropology 304 or Archaeology 301.

 

ANT 384M • Mesoamer Socl & Polit Structrs

30265 • Fall 2010
Meets T 1:00PM-4:00PM EPS 1.130KA

Graduate seminar with a focus on Mesoamerican/Maya archæology.  This seminar will present a historical background to archæological research in the region(s) under study.  A culture history will be presented in detail providing students with a full understanding of major developments in antiquity.  Significant diagnostic features of the major cultural periods are described.


ANT 304 • Intro Ary Stds I: Prehist Ary

30300-30325 • Fall 2009
Meets MW 1:00PM-2:00PM CAL 100

An introduction to archaeology as a discipline.  Three major themes that deal with issues of the past will be covered:

1.  A brief history of the discipline, changing theories about various aspects of the past, and the role that the reconstructions of the past play in national and/or group identities.

2.  A survey of the development of human culture from its beginnings to the rise of civilizations and proto-historical cultures in most areas of the world.  Prehistoric cultures, archaeological sites, and areas of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe , and the Pacific will be covered.

3.  Archaeological methods of recovery of information about the past.  Scientific procedures involved in excavation, dating, and preservation of the material record.

ANT 453 • Archaeological Analysis

30530 • Fall 2009
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM EPS 2.136

ARCHAEOLOGICAL ANALYSIS

ANTHROPOLOGY 453 --- FALL 2009

MWF 11-12, EPS 2.136

 

Instructor:                 

Fred Valdez        

 471-0060  

office  EPS 2.114                              

471-5946   lab.

Hrs.:M 12-1  & by appt.      

fredv@mail.utexas.edu

 

Teaching Asst.:          

Name:  Deanna Riddick          

Office: EPS 2.136

 Phone: 232-4609                    

Hrs.:  Mon. & Wed. 1-2  & by appt.

 Email:  deannariddick@msn.com

 

TEXTS:                     Required   Linking to the Past by K. L. Feder

           

 

COURSE CONTENT:

The purpose of this course to provide you (the course participants) with a background to “the kinds” of archaeological analyses that often occur, “what” is involved in archaeological analysis, and “how” archaeological analysis may be approached. This means learning what questions to ask about a field or laboratory project and the steps needed to understand the type of analysis required. From this course you should also become aware of “how to do” an analysis from start (first learning about certain material culture) to completion (doing the analysis and the report writing).

We will review each of the aspects noted above first by reading chapters detailing some procedures. The class lectures will elaborate on the various analytical techniques highlighted.

A schedule of planned topics is presented on a separate (color) page. This serves primarily as a guide to the order of topics. The actual amount of time spent on a particular issue or topic will vary according to the needs of the class.

 

COURSE GRADING: 

Evaluation in this course will be through five tests and a book report or field/laboratory experience. Five (5) tests are required and please note that there are NO MAKE-UPS. The lowest test score (of the five) will be dropped for the final average, but all five tests must have been taken. The book review/laboratory participation will be evaluated at 10% of the final course grade.

Tests are multiple choice, true-false, and fill-in-the-blank. The tests are not

cumulative, there is no “final exam” for this course. When tests are returned, any

questions or need of modification to the evaluation must be done within two class

meetings of the returned test. Test results will not be reevaluated at the end of the

semester. Any questions, confusion about the course grading, etc. should be

clarified/settled with Prof. Valdez as soon as possible.

 

 

 

ANTHROPOLOGY 453

FALL 2009 --  SCHEDULE OF CLASSES*

 

Dates                           Topics, Subjects, Tests, Readings                                          

 

Aug. 26 - Sept. 14       Introduction, History of Archaeology, Archaeological Record, etc.    Chapters 2, 3, 4

August 28                   No Class Meting

September   7              Labor Day, No Class Meeting

September 14             Test 1

 

 

 

Sept. 16 – Oct. 5         Dating Methods, Survey & Excavation, Social Archaeology

                                    Chapters 5, 6, 7, 8, 12

September 16              No Class Meeting

October 5                   Test 2

 

 

 

Oct. 7 – Oct. 23           Environmental Archaeology, Trade & Exchange, etc.                                                 Chapters 9,

October 23                 Test 3

 

 

 

Oct. 26 – Nov. 16       Subsistence/Diet, Technologies (stone tools), etc.

                                    Chapters 10, 11, 13

November 16             Test 4

 

 

 

Nov. 18 – Dec. 4         Cognitive Archaeology, Explanation in Archaeology, etc.                                                      Class notes only… no assigned readings.             

November 23              Book/Lab. component DUE                                   

November 25              No Class Meeting

November 26-27         Thanksgiving holiday

December 4                Test 5

 

 

 

*This schedule is an approximation of dates for topics, tests, etc. Any significant changes will be announced as early as possible. Included within the schedule is the showing of films, slides, guest presentations, and any other activities deemed appropriate for this course.

 

 

 

 

ANT 304 • Intro Ary Stds I: Prehist Ary

30430-30455 • Fall 2008
Meets MW 10:00AM-11:00AM CAL 100

An introduction to archaeology as a discipline.  Three major themes that deal with issues of the past will be covered:

1.  A brief history of the discipline, changing theories about various aspects of the past, and the role that the reconstructions of the past play in national and/or group identities.

2.  A survey of the development of human culture from its beginnings to the rise of civilizations and proto-historical cultures in most areas of the world.  Prehistoric cultures, archaeological sites, and areas of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe , and the Pacific will be covered.

3.  Archaeological methods of recovery of information about the past.  Scientific procedures involved in excavation, dating, and preservation of the material record.

ANT 453 • Archaeological Analysis

30685 • Fall 2008
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM EPS 2.136

The purpose of this course to provide you (the course participants) with a background to “the kinds” of archaeological analyses that often occur, “what” is involved in archaeological analysis, and “how” archaeological analysis may be approached. This means learning what questions to ask about a field or laboratory project and the steps needed to understand the type of analysis required. From this course you should also become aware of “how to do” an analysis from start (first learning about certain material culture) to completion (doing the analysis and the report writing).

 

 

Prerequisite: Anthropology 304 or Archaeology 301.

 

ANT 360K • Civilization Of The Maya

30687 • Fall 2008
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM JGB 2.218

This course reviews Maya civilization from

archaeological and art history perspectives. The Maya region is defined and

described in order to have a common basis for studying the civilization. Early

investigations into the Maya area are briefly reviewed. A summary of the earliest

inhabitants (Paleolindian and Archaic foundations) is also presented.

The Preclassic Period (ca. 2000 BC – AD 250) is detailed as the

beginnings and development of Maya Civilization (with short comparisons &

comments of neighboring societies). Early and Late Classic Maya are reviewed

for their various cultural developments, both temporal and regional. The Terminal

Classic and its related events are studied as well as adjustments by Maya

Civilization that define the Postclassic.

The final segment of the course will inquire into Maya religion and

thought as expressed (mostly) archaeologically. A short review of current/recent

archaeological projects and the research of interest may be presented.

ANT 304 • Intro Ary Stds I: Prehist Ary

30811-30817 • Fall 2007
Meets MW 10:00AM-11:00AM CAL 100

An introduction to archaeology as a discipline.  Three major themes that deal with issues of the past will be covered:

1.  A brief history of the discipline, changing theories about various aspects of the past, and the role that the reconstructions of the past play in national and/or group identities.

2.  A survey of the development of human culture from its beginnings to the rise of civilizations and proto-historical cultures in most areas of the world.  Prehistoric cultures, archaeological sites, and areas of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe , and the Pacific will be covered.

3.  Archaeological methods of recovery of information about the past.  Scientific procedures involved in excavation, dating, and preservation of the material record.

ANT 453 • Archaeological Analysis

31020 • Fall 2007
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM EPS 2.136

The purpose of this course to provide you (the course participants) with a background to “the kinds” of archaeological analyses that often occur, “what” is involved in archaeological analysis, and “how” archaeological analysis may be approached. This means learning what questions to ask about a field or laboratory project and the steps needed to understand the type of analysis required. From this course you should also become aware of “how to do” an analysis from start (first learning about certain material culture) to completion (doing the analysis and the report writing).

 

 

Prerequisite: Anthropology 304 or Archaeology 301.

 

ANT 304 • Intro Ary Stds I: Prehist Ary

30345 • Fall 2006
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM WRW 102

An introduction to archaeology as a discipline.  Three major themes that deal with issues of the past will be covered:

1.  A brief history of the discipline, changing theories about various aspects of the past, and the role that the reconstructions of the past play in national and/or group identities.

2.  A survey of the development of human culture from its beginnings to the rise of civilizations and proto-historical cultures in most areas of the world.  Prehistoric cultures, archaeological sites, and areas of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe , and the Pacific will be covered.

3.  Archaeological methods of recovery of information about the past.  Scientific procedures involved in excavation, dating, and preservation of the material record.

ANT 453 • Archaeological Analysis

30565 • Fall 2006
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM EPS 2.136

The purpose of this course to provide you (the course participants) with a background to “the kinds” of archaeological analyses that often occur, “what” is involved in archaeological analysis, and “how” archaeological analysis may be approached. This means learning what questions to ask about a field or laboratory project and the steps needed to understand the type of analysis required. From this course you should also become aware of “how to do” an analysis from start (first learning about certain material culture) to completion (doing the analysis and the report writing).

 

 

Prerequisite: Anthropology 304 or Archaeology 301.

 

ANT 304 • Intro Ary Stds I: Prehist Ary

28470 • Fall 2005
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM ETC 2.108

An introduction to archaeology as a discipline.  Three major themes that deal with issues of the past will be covered:

1.  A brief history of the discipline, changing theories about various aspects of the past, and the role that the reconstructions of the past play in national and/or group identities.

2.  A survey of the development of human culture from its beginnings to the rise of civilizations and proto-historical cultures in most areas of the world.  Prehistoric cultures, archaeological sites, and areas of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe , and the Pacific will be covered.

3.  Archaeological methods of recovery of information about the past.  Scientific procedures involved in excavation, dating, and preservation of the material record.

ANT 453 • Archaeological Analysis

28660 • Fall 2005
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM EPS 2.136

The purpose of this course to provide you (the course participants) with a background to “the kinds” of archaeological analyses that often occur, “what” is involved in archaeological analysis, and “how” archaeological analysis may be approached. This means learning what questions to ask about a field or laboratory project and the steps needed to understand the type of analysis required. From this course you should also become aware of “how to do” an analysis from start (first learning about certain material culture) to completion (doing the analysis and the report writing).

 

 

Prerequisite: Anthropology 304 or Archaeology 301.

 

ANT 360K • Civilization Of The Maya

28665 • Fall 2005
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM GEO 2.102

This course reviews Maya civilization from

archaeological and art history perspectives. The Maya region is defined and

described in order to have a common basis for studying the civilization. Early

investigations into the Maya area are briefly reviewed. A summary of the earliest

inhabitants (Paleolindian and Archaic foundations) is also presented.

The Preclassic Period (ca. 2000 BC – AD 250) is detailed as the

beginnings and development of Maya Civilization (with short comparisons &

comments of neighboring societies). Early and Late Classic Maya are reviewed

for their various cultural developments, both temporal and regional. The Terminal

Classic and its related events are studied as well as adjustments by Maya

Civilization that define the Postclassic.

The final segment of the course will inquire into Maya religion and

thought as expressed (mostly) archaeologically. A short review of current/recent

archaeological projects and the research of interest may be presented.

ANT 304 • Intro Ary Stds I: Prehist Ary

28245 • Fall 2004
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM GSB 2.126

An introduction to archaeology as a discipline.  Three major themes that deal with issues of the past will be covered:

1.  A brief history of the discipline, changing theories about various aspects of the past, and the role that the reconstructions of the past play in national and/or group identities.

2.  A survey of the development of human culture from its beginnings to the rise of civilizations and proto-historical cultures in most areas of the world.  Prehistoric cultures, archaeological sites, and areas of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe , and the Pacific will be covered.

3.  Archaeological methods of recovery of information about the past.  Scientific procedures involved in excavation, dating, and preservation of the material record.

ANT 453 • Archaeological Analysis

28450 • Fall 2004
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM UTC 3.124

The purpose of this course to provide you (the course participants) with a background to “the kinds” of archaeological analyses that often occur, “what” is involved in archaeological analysis, and “how” archaeological analysis may be approached. This means learning what questions to ask about a field or laboratory project and the steps needed to understand the type of analysis required. From this course you should also become aware of “how to do” an analysis from start (first learning about certain material culture) to completion (doing the analysis and the report writing).

 

 

Prerequisite: Anthropology 304 or Archaeology 301.

 

ANT 304 • Intro Ary Stds I: Prehist Ary

26800 • Fall 2003
Meets MWF 8:00AM-9:00AM GAR 1

An introduction to archaeology as a discipline.  Three major themes that deal with issues of the past will be covered:

1.  A brief history of the discipline, changing theories about various aspects of the past, and the role that the reconstructions of the past play in national and/or group identities.

2.  A survey of the development of human culture from its beginnings to the rise of civilizations and proto-historical cultures in most areas of the world.  Prehistoric cultures, archaeological sites, and areas of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe , and the Pacific will be covered.

3.  Archaeological methods of recovery of information about the past.  Scientific procedures involved in excavation, dating, and preservation of the material record.

ANT 453 • Archaeological Analysis

27040 • Fall 2003
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM EPS 2.136

The purpose of this course to provide you (the course participants) with a background to “the kinds” of archaeological analyses that often occur, “what” is involved in archaeological analysis, and “how” archaeological analysis may be approached. This means learning what questions to ask about a field or laboratory project and the steps needed to understand the type of analysis required. From this course you should also become aware of “how to do” an analysis from start (first learning about certain material culture) to completion (doing the analysis and the report writing).

 

 

Prerequisite: Anthropology 304 or Archaeology 301.

 

ANT 360K • Civilization Of The Maya

27045 • Fall 2003
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM ART 1.120

This course reviews Maya civilization from

archaeological and art history perspectives. The Maya region is defined and

described in order to have a common basis for studying the civilization. Early

investigations into the Maya area are briefly reviewed. A summary of the earliest

inhabitants (Paleolindian and Archaic foundations) is also presented.

The Preclassic Period (ca. 2000 BC – AD 250) is detailed as the

beginnings and development of Maya Civilization (with short comparisons &

comments of neighboring societies). Early and Late Classic Maya are reviewed

for their various cultural developments, both temporal and regional. The Terminal

Classic and its related events are studied as well as adjustments by Maya

Civilization that define the Postclassic.

The final segment of the course will inquire into Maya religion and

thought as expressed (mostly) archaeologically. A short review of current/recent

archaeological projects and the research of interest may be presented.

ANT 360K • Civilizatn Of The Maya-Belize

26515 • Spring 2002

This course reviews Maya civilization from

archaeological and art history perspectives. The Maya region is defined and

described in order to have a common basis for studying the civilization. Early

investigations into the Maya area are briefly reviewed. A summary of the earliest

inhabitants (Paleolindian and Archaic foundations) is also presented.

The Preclassic Period (ca. 2000 BC – AD 250) is detailed as the

beginnings and development of Maya Civilization (with short comparisons &

comments of neighboring societies). Early and Late Classic Maya are reviewed

for their various cultural developments, both temporal and regional. The Terminal

Classic and its related events are studied as well as adjustments by Maya

Civilization that define the Postclassic.

The final segment of the course will inquire into Maya religion and

thought as expressed (mostly) archaeologically. A short review of current/recent

archaeological projects and the research of interest may be presented.

ANT 304 • Intro Ary Stds I: Prehist Ary

26975 • Fall 2001
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM PHR 2.110

An introduction to archaeology as a discipline.  Three major themes that deal with issues of the past will be covered:

1.  A brief history of the discipline, changing theories about various aspects of the past, and the role that the reconstructions of the past play in national and/or group identities.

2.  A survey of the development of human culture from its beginnings to the rise of civilizations and proto-historical cultures in most areas of the world.  Prehistoric cultures, archaeological sites, and areas of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe , and the Pacific will be covered.

3.  Archaeological methods of recovery of information about the past.  Scientific procedures involved in excavation, dating, and preservation of the material record.

ANT 360K • Civilizatn Of The Maya-Belize

26835 • Spring 2001

This course reviews Maya civilization from

archaeological and art history perspectives. The Maya region is defined and

described in order to have a common basis for studying the civilization. Early

investigations into the Maya area are briefly reviewed. A summary of the earliest

inhabitants (Paleolindian and Archaic foundations) is also presented.

The Preclassic Period (ca. 2000 BC – AD 250) is detailed as the

beginnings and development of Maya Civilization (with short comparisons &

comments of neighboring societies). Early and Late Classic Maya are reviewed

for their various cultural developments, both temporal and regional. The Terminal

Classic and its related events are studied as well as adjustments by Maya

Civilization that define the Postclassic.

The final segment of the course will inquire into Maya religion and

thought as expressed (mostly) archaeologically. A short review of current/recent

archaeological projects and the research of interest may be presented.

ANT 304 • Intro Ary Stds I: Prehist Ary

27100 • Fall 2000
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM CAL 100

An introduction to archaeology as a discipline.  Three major themes that deal with issues of the past will be covered:

1.  A brief history of the discipline, changing theories about various aspects of the past, and the role that the reconstructions of the past play in national and/or group identities.

2.  A survey of the development of human culture from its beginnings to the rise of civilizations and proto-historical cultures in most areas of the world.  Prehistoric cultures, archaeological sites, and areas of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe , and the Pacific will be covered.

3.  Archaeological methods of recovery of information about the past.  Scientific procedures involved in excavation, dating, and preservation of the material record.