ANTH 209 Great Discoveries in North American Archeology • 5 Cr.
Before Columbus, millions of people lived on the North American continent for thousands of years. They left behind a rich archaeological record of their cultures, manifesting in thousands of remains throughout the USA and Canada. A consideration of these ancient cultures from a global context is addressed, as well as the plight of modern descendants.
After completing this class, students should be able to:• Differentiate between the fields of anthropology and how archaeologists use the culture concept in studying the past. • Recognize, identify, and employ the scientific method in anthropology, and distinguish between coherent arguments based on such principles from other claims. • Assess the vast cultural diversity of prehistoric indigenous peoples of North America. • Describe how archaeological studies of North American Natives reveal characteristics of cultural behavior and explain how those behaviors have changed through time. • Distinguish between several broad prehistoric adaptations made by North American Natives. • Explain the relevance of archaeology to global issues, ethics, and cultural diversity. • Identify how colonial forces impact(ed) indigenous cultures and critique the plight of modern descendants.