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Graduate Studies Calendar 2022-2023 Courses of Instruction Course Descriptions A Archaeology ARKY
Archaeology ARKY

For more information, see the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology: arts.ucalgary.ca/anthropology-archaeology.

Graduate Courses
Archaeology 601       Theoretical Foundations
The philosophy of science, the history of anthropological theory, and a survey of contemporary theoretical approaches in anthropology. Throughout, the relevance to and connections with the subdisciplines of archaeology and biological anthropology will be emphasized.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
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Archaeology 603       Seminar on Special Topics
Intensive study of special problems of particular interest to Archaeology Department graduate students. Subject matter for any particular year to be left to the discretion of the Department.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Archaeology 613       Analysis of Human Skeletal Remains
Methods of analyzing human remains from archaeological contexts with emphasis on identification and description. Lecture, lab and weekly seminar directed to Archaeology graduate students who have not had a previous course in human osteology.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-1T-2)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Archaeology 613 and either 555 or 603.07 will not be allowed.   
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Archaeology 615       Topics in Archaeological Theory and Method
The history of archaeological theory and contemporary theoretical and methodological approaches used in archaeological research.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
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Archaeology 617       Theory and its Application in Biological Anthropology
Basic issues in the study of human adaptation with a focus on principles of evolutionary biology as they apply to modern studies. Throughout, a bio-cultural approach will be emphasized.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
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Archaeology 619       Advanced Topics in Human Osteology
Current developments in interpretation of human skeletal and dental remains. Topics include forensic anthropology, bone biology, and population reconstruction.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Archaeology 555.
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Archaeology 621       Problems in Ethnoarchaeology
Seminar on selected topics relating to ethnoarchaeology.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
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Archaeology 625       Hunter-Gatherer Adaptations
Intensive study of contemporary and prehistoric hunter-gatherer social and economic adaptations.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
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Archaeology 627       Origins of Agriculture
Intensive study of the origins of agriculture throughout the world.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
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Archaeology 631       The Development of Complex Societies
The rise, development, and collapse of complex societies throughout the world.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
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Archaeology 633       Specialized Analyses of Archaeological Materials
Theory and practice for specialized analyses of the physical and chemical composition of archaeological materials, including microscopic traces of use. Topics will cover procedures used to prepare materials for such specialized analyses and to identify the relevant properties, as well as issues of quantification and interpretation.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-3)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
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Archaeology 635       Social Identity
Social identity is a fundamental theoretical and practical concern for archaeologists, physical anthropologists, and paleoanthropologists. Explores how humans use material culture and material practices to interact in a world ordered by social identities. Students will explore how research in their area of interest has addressed social identities.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
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Archaeology 637       Mesoamerican Archaeology and History
Ancient history of Mesoamerica, emphasizing a conjunctive approach based on hieroglyphic, historical and ethnohistorical sources as well as on archaeological evidence.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
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Archaeology 639       Stable Isotope Methods in Archaeology
Methods and applications of stable isotope analysis to archaeological research. Topics to be covered include the use of light stable isotopes to determine past and present diet, the use of stable isotopes to document residence and migration, analysis of stable carbon isotopes in soils, stable isotope ecology for environmental reconstruction and paleoclimate studies.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
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Archaeology 701       Special Topics in World Archaeology
Archaeology of particular geographical areas such as Circumpolar, North America, Mesoamerica, South America, Africa, Oceania, and Europe and Near East.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Archaeology 703       Advanced Seminar in Selected Topics

Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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