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.