Course: Archaeology 483 - Analyses of Stone Artifacts
Instructor: Dr. Angela E. Close T.A.: Will Brown
Office: 444 Denny Hall 411 Denny Hall
E-mail: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Office hours: by appointment Tiesdays, 10:-- am - noon
or by appointment
Quarter : Autumn 2012
Schedule: MWF 1:30-3:20; Room: 115 Denny Hall
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor
Required Text: Inizan, M.-L., M. Reduron-Ballinger, H. Roche & J. Tixier. 1999. Technology and Terminology of Knapped Stone. Meudon: CREP.
Recommended Text: Close, A. E. 2006. Finding
the People who Flaked the Stone at English Camp (
Other readings are listed separately.
Objectives: The objectives of the course are two-fold: a) to introduce the student to the methods and techniques currently used, or being developed, by archaeologists for the analysis of assemblages of flaked stone artifacts; and b) to prepare the student to deal with actual archaeological material.
The fundamental concepts of practical lithic analysis will be reviewed in detail, but it is assumed that the student will already have a passing acquaintance with the most basic of these.
Description. Most of the course will consist of lectures and labs, in which the approaches to lithic analysis used in both the Old and New Worlds will be considered. These will include the types of information which can or might be derived from lithics - technological, functional, social, ideological - and some of the constraints which operated upon the formation of archaeological assemblages and which now operate upon their analysis. Lectures will be interspersed with extensive application of some of the analytical methods under discussion to individual artifacts and to assemblages of artifacts.
Five of the analytical-exercises will count towards the final grade (25%).
There will be three short essays (<3 pages, double-spaced) on topics set by the Instructor, who will try to schedule each over a 5-day period (Wednesday-Monday) (25%).
Two exams will cover the material presented in class and in the supplementary readings. Each exam will account for 25% of the grade. Each exam will consist of written and practical parts. The time-limits for the practical parts will be very generous.
Active participation in class is a source of extra credit if it is informed, thoughtful, useful and all those other good things.