Archaeology Classes at WWC

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Archaeology Classes are offered within the Anthropology/Sociology major

*Anthropology/Sociology major*


Students may choose one of four concentrations, based on the way they fulfill their breadth and depth requirements.  Students may elect to major in Sociology and Anthropology without a concentration by completing the core, depth and breadth, and requirements in related area of study requirements.

Archaeology Concentration

At least 12 of the 20 elective credits from the depth and breadth requirements are courses designated for the archaeology concentration including at least 4 hours in ANT 340.  For this concentration, students must also conduct their senior research project (SOC 410) on an archaeological topic approved by their advisor.

ANT139 Native Americans of the Southeast

This course is a cultural history that explores the Native American cultures of the southeastern United States through archaeology, ethnography, and ethnohistory. The class is designed as a survey course and includes major discussions of Native American prehistory (archaeology), the Contact period, ethnography and ethnohistory of the Colonial period, the Removal Era, and southeastern Native Americans in the 20th century.  Triad: Social Science

ANT 145 Archaeology of World Cultures

This course is a survey of world prehistory from the time of our earliest known human ancestors five million years ago to the rise of state-level societies, as exemplified by the civilizations of ancient Mesopotamia and Mesoamerica. Students explore cultural processes including the migration of our species throughout the world as hunter-gatherers, the beginning of settled life, and the evolution of cultural complexity with tribal and chiefly societies. Triad: Social Science

ANT 146 Archaeological Methods

This course is an introduction to archaeological excavation and methods of artifact analysis. Students explore basic artifact identification, classification, and cataloging, and practice basic excavation methods during field exercises. Students will also study research designs in order to learn how these methods contribute to understanding current issues in western North Carolina archaeology. May be repeated for credit as ANT 147. Triad: Social Science

ANT 251 Latin American Archaeology

This course is an introduction to the archaeology of Mesoamerica and South America. Students will study the history of Latin American archaeology and explore the broad range of human cultural history in these regions. Study focuses on Formative, Classic, and Post-Classic cultural expressions with particular emphasis on the rise of complex societies in Mexico and in the Andean region. Triad: Social Science or Language/Global Issues
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and ANT 105 Survey of Latin America or ANT 145 Archaeology of World Cultures

ANT 321 Traditional Agriculture

This course examines the origins of agriculture and the role agriculture plays in the evolution of cultural complexity. The course employs a cultural ecology and ecosystems approach, which considers agriculture as an integral part of the environment in which it is practiced (this includes the cultural environment as well as the physical environment). This course deals primarily with pre-industrial and, for the most part, non-commercial agricultural systems. Triad: Social Science. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor.

ANT 338 Archaeology and the Environment

This course explores the relationship or interaction between people and their environments through the disciplines of archaeology and anthropology. Among the topics that may be explored are "Garbology," Pleistocene extinctions, human domestication of plants and animals, climate and culture, and Native Americans and their environments. Triad: Social Science
Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor.

ANT 340 Archaeological Field School

This summer field course involves archaeological excavation and survey in the Appalachian region. Excavations usually take place on prehistoric, pre-Cherokee sites. Other types of prehistoric and historic sites may also be considered. The course includes instruction in excavating methodology, on-site excavation work, and classroom instruction in archaeological theory and the archaeology of the region. May be repeated for credit as ANT 341.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.