Archaeological Fieldwork: Critical Analysis and Practical Application

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Archaeological Fieldwork: Critical Analysis and Practical Application

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Stanford University

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ANTHRO 105A/205A

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This introduction to archaeological fieldwork involves both field and seminar components, each component meeting once per week. During the field sessions, we will investigate an archaeological site on campus using methods of survey, mapping, testing, and excavation (digging, recording units/features, profile illustration). In seminar, we will critically examine archaeological fieldwork through reading, writing, and discussion, exploring topics such as history of archaeological excavation, production of archaeological knowledge, disjuncture between theory and practice, reflexive methodologies, ethics, collaboration, and specialization. No experience necessary, but students with fieldwork experience are welcome.

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Last offered Spring 2013


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