This course will provide an introduction to field and laboratory archeology. The course covers the full scope of the scientific methods used to locate, excavate, analyze, and interpret the material evidence of vanished prehistoric cultures. Field archeology requires familiarity with the legal and ethical responsibilities that govern such work, and the course will discuss these in detail. Particular focus will be given to field work, including an intensive two-day excavation of a Native American site in southwestern Minnesota. The laboratory component will also include hands-on interaction with artifacts, interpreting, and cataloging materials that have been recently recovered by teams at Normandale.
Semesters: Fall, Spring
MnTC Goals: 5 , 9