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ANTH200 - World Archaeology

Course Details

Course Code: ANTH200 Course ID: 3735 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is a worldwide survey of prehistoric cultural adaptations from the first use of bone and stone tools to the ancient mysterious civilizations of Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe including recent archaeological discoveries. Emphasis is on the development of technologies, social groups and the patterns of cultural development. Archeological excavation methods and archeological artifacts are discussed in considerable detail. Archaeological concepts and skills will be explored through simulations as well as virtual field trips and activities.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
01/27/20 - 07/03/20 07/06/20 - 08/30/20 Summer 2020 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Welcome to World Archaeology! Archaeology is a fun anthropological discipline, and I look forward to sharing the world of archaeology and archaeological methods with you.

This course has 9 objectives. Comprehension of each course objective will come from study through readings, discussions, and other assignments.

Upon completion of this course, students will:
1. Recognize the origins of the field and where archaeology falls in relation to anthropology, history, and the “hard” sciences

2. Interpret how modern archaeology emerged as a discipline

3. Define archaeological terms such as: artifact, feature, site, and region

4. Describe the processes of surface surveying, excavation, data processing, and classification

5. Identify ways to analyze the past through using artifacts, ecofacts, features, seriation, sequence comparison, stratigraphy, geochronology, obsidian hydration, floral and faunal methods, achaeomagnetism, and radiometric methods

6. Demonstrate appreciation for the development of diverse cultures throughout the world as manifested from great archaeological digs.

7. Differentiate theories of interpreting cultural history

8. Demonstrate information literacy skills

9. Summarize the professional skills of archaeologists and the career options for archaeologists.


Participation in classroom dialogue on threaded Forums is required. Forums are found in the Forums tab in the classroom. Initial posts must demonstrate comprehension of the course materials, the ability to apply that knowledge in the real world. Learners will engage with the instructor and peers throughout the learning week. Initial Forum posts are due Thursdays, peer responses are due Sundays. To motivate engaged discussion, posts are expected to be on time with regular interaction throughout the week. All posts should demonstrate college level writing skills. To promote vibrant discussion as we would in a face to face classroom, formatted citations and references are not required. Quotes should not be used at all, or used sparingly. If you quote a source quotation marks should be used and an APA formatted citation and reference provided. Specific instructions and the grading rubric are located on each Forum.

This course includes Assignments. Instructions and specific grading rubrics are found under the Assignments tab in our classroom.

Extra Credit:

Extra credit is not offered in this course.

Book Title: Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
Publication Info:

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.