ANTH 2500: Modern Korea - A Decade a Day 
Rachel Most, Associate Professor
This course fills the historical studies requirement.
This course will introduce students to the field of archaeology — the study of past cultures through their material remains. Students will learn that archaeology is a complex multi-disciplinary field that is part humanities, part social science and part science. They will learn how archaeologists use material culture to reconstruct past lifeways. The goal of the class is to provide students with an understanding of how archaeologists reconstruct the rise and fall of ancient civilizations as well as the everyday lives of the people who lived in these societies. The methods of the science of archaeology will be reviewed to demystify the process of reconstructing the past. The course will also provide an appreciation for some of the major developments in prehistory such as the origins of modern humans, the rise of the first villages and cities and the emergence of ancient civilizations in North America.
To this end, we will begin with an introduction to the history and methodology of archaeology discussing the various methods archaeologists use to piece together the past. Topics will include artifact analysis (what is an artifact and how are they recognized in the field), classification (how materials are grouped together in meaningful ways), dating methods, and how sites are found and recorded (through both archaeological survey and excavation).
Following these discussions of the method and theory behind the discipline we will move to a discussion of the first human ancestors, the first tools and the origins of culture, and the emergence of Homo sapiens-the first humans. From there, discussions will focus on the transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture and sedentism. We'll look at the emergence of complex societies in various parts of the world and conclude with a brief overview of North American archaeology and the topics that result in the most debate:
Daily work over the ten class days will include a combination of readings, pop quizzes, class presentations and the submission of questions on assigned readings. The last class day will be devoted to individual presentations.
There are no prerequisites for this course. It is both an excellent introduction to the field of archaeology, and/or to ANTH 280 (Introduction to Archaeology). This course will also provide the background students need to participate in an archaeological field school either at U.Va. or elsewhere.
Additional nonrefundable $35 fee required.
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