Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Archaeology Courses


ARCH 1100
ARCH 1100
Exploring Archaeology (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
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Discover the fascinating world of archaeology with this survey of remarkable discoveries and intriguing mysteries as we explore ancient sites and cultures from around the world. Witness the remarkable journey of humanity through ancient technologies, 'lost' civilizations, great explorers, and modern discoveries. Students learn that the multidisciplinary field of archaeology is equal parts Arts and Science, discovery and adventure.
ARCH 1110
ARCH 1110
Human Origins (2,1,0)
Credits: 3
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An introduction to the anthropological study of human origins. The course addresses the distinction between mythical and scientific explanations of the emergence of animal and human life. It outlines the basic principles of evolution and reviews the major stages of human prehistory. Although some attention is paid to the interplay between biology and culture, the course is designed for social science students who may lack extensive knowledge of biology. Required Seminar: ARCH 1110S
ARCH 2010
ARCH 2010
Introduction to Archaeology (2,1,0)
Credits: 3
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An introduction to the discipline of archaeology, including the ways in which archaeologists reconstruct past cultures and lifeways, the development and major discoveries of archaeology, and the relationships between human material remains and human behavior. Students will gain an appreciation of what the past was like, what archaeological data are, and how archaeology is used to answer questions about the human condition. Required Seminar: ARCH 2010S
ARCH 2160
ARCH 2160
Ancient Civilizations (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
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This is an introductory course offering students a broad survey of the archaeology of ancient, pre-industrial, Old World and New World civilizations. The course includes an overview of basic theoretical and methodological concepts in archaeology, emphasizing classical (historic) archaeology. The topics of study include the origins of urbanism; early systems of writing; the earliest civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Indus Valley, and China; the classical civilizations of the Mediterranean; and the early Mesoamerican and Andean states.
Prerequisite: ARCH 1110 or ARCH 1190 recommended
ARCH 2190
ARCH 2190
Ancient North Americans (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
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A survey of the archaeological evidence for prehistoric colonization of North America, the expansion of Paleo- Indian hunters, the adaptations of archaic hunter-foragers to post-Ice Age environments, the origins of farming and village life, and the rise and fall of complex chiefdom societies. The course examines how technological innovations, population growth, natural resources, and social and ideological factors influenced the various cultural developments in different regions of North America.
Prerequisite: ARCH 1110 or ARCH 1190 Required Seminar: ARCH 2190S
ARCH 2230
ARCH 2230
Native Peoples of British Columbia (2,1,0)
Credits: 3
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A survey of the traditional Indian cultures of British Columbia as known through ethnography and archaeology. Topics will include regional variation and adaptation in economy, technology, language, religion, art, medicine, kinship, and social organization. The contemporary social problems of the native peoples are not part of this course.
Prerequisite: An intro course in Anthropology is recommended Required Seminar: ARCH 2230S
ARCH 2330
ARCH 2330
Old World Archaeology (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
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This course offers a broad survey of prehistoric archaeology of the Old World. Through the exploration of archaeological evidence, students will follow the development of human culture, from the earliest material evidence of the Old Stone Age, through the development of increasingly complex and diverse cultures from ancient Africa, Asia, and Europe.
Prerequisite: ARCH 1110 or ARCH 1190
ARCH 3050
ARCH 3050
Theory in Archaeology (2,1,0) or (2,1,0)(2,1,0)
Credits: 6
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Overview of major theoretical and methodological issues in archaeology, involving a history of archaeological thought, the formulation of research designs, and how archaeology fits into science. The student will gain an understanding of the general characteristics of the archaeological data base, and what paradigms, theories, and methods are used to address archaeological problems in culture, history, settlement, ecology, and technological change.
Prerequisite: ARCH 1190 and any 2000 level ARCH course Required Seminar: ARCH 3050S
ARCH 3060
ARCH 3060
Summer Field Training in Archaeology (L)
Credits: 6
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Intensive training in excavation techniques, and interpretation, including mapping procedures, recording preliminary analysis, and reporting. Students will participate in an excavation for the Summer session and will use this field experience as a basis for lectures, discussion, and reports. Lab Fee required.
Prerequisite: ARCH 3050 or permission of the instructor
ARCH 3260
ARCH 3260
Environmental Archaeology (2,2,0)
Credits: 3
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This course examines the ways in which archaeologists reconstruct past environments and the relationships between humans and important environmental resources and variables. Interdisciplinary data recovery and analysis methods from geology, soil sciences, botany, zoology, chemistry, physics, and ecology, have resulted in new specialties in archaeology, including zooarchaeology, paleobotany, raw material sourcing, geophysical and geomorphological analysis, paleoenvironmental reconstruction, and seasonality studies. Their applications will be illustrated by examples from the Paleolithic, through classical civilizations, to urban archaeology.
Prerequisite: ARCH 1110 or ARCH 1190; any 2000 level ARCH course; GEOG 1110; GEOG 1120 and GEOL 2050 recommended Required Seminar: ARCH 3260S
ARCH 4060
ARCH 4060
Cultural Resource Management (2,1,0)
Credits: 3
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This course explores the practical, theoretical, social, and legal issues of cultural resource management archaeology, including the origins and application of heritage legislation within Canada, the United States, and abroad. Topical issues on contract archaeology, public archaeology, aboriginal heritage, and avocational archaeological societies are incorporated.
Prerequisite: ARCH 1110 or 1190 , and any 2000 level ARCH course Required Seminar: ARCH 4060S
ARCH 4110
ARCH 4110
***Prehistory of a Special Area in the New World
Credits: 3
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Analysis of the prehistory of a selected New World area, including a summary of the literature and discussion of relevant problems. The course will provide background for students in North, Central, and South America area studies. Typical offerings include the prehistory of Mesoamerica, the Southwest, North America, and the Mayan areas.
Prerequisite: ARCH 3050 or ARCH 4200 or permission of the instructor
Note: Generally taught as companion course to ARCH 3060
ARCH 4200
ARCH 4200
Archaeology of British Columbia (3,0,0)
Credits: 3 or 6
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An advanced study of the prehistoric archaeology of interior and/or coastal British Columbia, including an analysis of the archaeological evidence, and interpretations of prehistoric cultural developments from selected field studies.
Prerequisite: ARCH 2190