3.985 Archaeological Science

Class Info

Pressing issues in archaeology as an anthropological science. Stresses the natural science and engineering methods archaeologists use to address these issues. Reconstructing time, space, and human ecologies provides one focus; materials technologies that transform natural materials to material culture provide another. Topics include 14C dating, ice core and palynological analysis, GIS and other remote sensing techniques for site location, organic residue analysis, comparisons between Old World and New World bronze production, invention of rubber by Mesoamerican societies, analysis and conservation of Dead Sea Scrolls.

This class has 3.091, 5.111, and 8.01 as prerequisites.

3.985 will be offered this semester (Spring 2019). It is instructed by H. N. Lechtman.

Lecture occurs 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM on Mondays in 6-120.

This class counts for a total of 9 credits. This class counts as a HASS S.

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