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Archaeological Science Minor

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

Archaeological science is the application of techniques from the physical sciences to research problems in archaeology and related disciplines. Over the past six decades archaeological science has provided powerful tools for understanding the past, ranging from absolute dating to bone chemistry. It has become an established sub-field within the discipline of archaeology, which itself has grown during the same period from a discipline largely focused on cultural history (the use of artifacts to reconstruct regional cultural sequences) and the validation of documentary history to the explanation of the processes of cultural change in the past. This minor is closed to students majoring in sociology and anthropology who have chosen the archaeology or cultural anthropology tracks.

Course
Required Courses
ANTH-103 Archaeology and the Human Past
ANTH-415 Archaeological Science
Electives
Choose three of the following:*
Disciplinary
   ANTH-230    Great Discoveries in Archaeology
   ANTH-250    Themes in Archaeological Research
   ANTH-255    Regional Archaeology
   ANTH-315    Archaeology of Cities
   ANTH-355    Historic Archaeology
Applied/Laboratory
   ANTH-215    Field Methods in Archaeology
   ANTH-360    Humans and Their Environment
   ANTH-375    Native American Repatriation
   ANTH-420    Exploring Ancient Technology
   ANTH-440    Survey of Metallurgy
   ANTH-435    Garbage Archaeology

* At least one course must be selected from each group and at least one course must be 300-level or higher.

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Archaeological science is the application of techniques from the physical sciences to research problems in archaeology and related disciplines. Over the past six decades archaeological science has provided powerful tools for understanding the past, ranging from absolute dating to bone chemistry. It has become an established sub-field within the discipline of archaeology, which itself has grown during the same period from a discipline largely focused on cultural history (the use of artifacts to reconstruct regional cultural sequences) and the validation of documentary history to the explanation of the processes of cultural change in the past.

Required Course:
0510-507 Archaeological Science

ElectivesChoose two courses from each of the following groups:

Disciplinary
0510-465 Social and Cultural Theory
0510-502 Archaeology and the Human Past
0510-506 Great Discoveries in Archaeology
0510-508 Archaeology of Cities
0510-511 Field Methods in Archaeology

Applied/Laboratory
0505-422 Art Materials: Photography
0505-423 Art Materials: Panel Printing
0505-438 Conservation of Cultural Materials
0510-461 Native American Repatriation
0510-485 Exploring Ancient Technology
0510-507 Archaeological Science
0510-509 Survey of Metallurgy
0510-512 Garbage Archaeology