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ARCL 103 Introduction to Archaeology

Survey of world archaeology, from the emergence of humankind to the beginning of state societies.

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.

Credits: 3


Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
  ARCL 103 100 Lecture 1 Mon Wed 12:00 13:00

This course is a general survey of world archaeology, from emergence of the first tool-using humans approximately 3.3 million years ago to the development of ancient state-level societies starting 7-8 thousand years ago, illustrated by select research and archaeological sites. The course also examines some of the methods and theories archaeologists use to reconstruct ancient lifeways and understand processes underlying major changes through human history. Required textbook: Feder, Kenneth (2016) The Past in Perspective: An Introduction to Human Prehistory, 7th edition. Oxford University Press.

The course consists of two 50-minute lectures, on Mondays and Wednesdays. The 3rd session, on Fridays, also 50 minutes, is for discussion with TAs. Select one Discussion from sections D1B, D1C, D1D, D1E.


  ARCL 103 D1B Discussion 1 Fri 10:00 11:00
  ARCL 103 D1C Discussion 1 Fri 11:00 12:00
  ARCL 103 D1D Discussion 1 Fri 13:00 14:00
  ARCL 103 D1E Discussion 1 Fri 14:00 15:00
  ARCL 103 002 Lecture 2 Mon Wed 13:00 14:00

This course is a general survey of world archaeology, from emergence of the first tool-using humans ca. 3.3 million years ago to the development of ancient state-level societies starting 7-8 thousand years ago, illustrated by select research and archaeological sites. The course also examines some of the methods and theories archaeologists use to reconstruct ancient lifeways and understand processes underlying major changes through human history. Required textbook: Feder, Kenneth (2016) The Past in Perspective: An Introduction to Human Prehistory, 7th edition. Oxford University Press.

The course consists of two 50-minute lectures, on Mondays and Wednesdays. The 3rd session, on Fridays, also 50 minutes, is for discussion with TAs. Select one Discussion from sections D2A, D2B, D2C, D2D, D2G.

  ARCL 103 D2A Discussion 2 Fri 9:00 10:00
Blocked ARCL 103 D2B Discussion 2 Fri 10:00 11:00
Full ARCL 103 D2C Discussion 2 Fri 11:00 12:00
  ARCL 103 D2D Discussion 2 Fri 13:00 14:00
  ARCL 103 D2E Discussion 2 Fri 14:00 15:00