APCC140 Introduction to Prehistory
General Service Building 346
Teaching Assistant: Chrissina Burke
Exams (Exams 1-4)
| There are multiple records that can be used to develop historical
perspectives on past human behaviors. Unlike written documents or oral
histories that provide information on some parts of the world for limited
portions of the recent past, the archaeological record spans several
million years and encompasses all areas occupied by ancestors of
contemporary peoples. Many human actions produce physical evidence (food
remains, broken and discarded tools, and debris), some of which, even from
the remote past, becomes preserved and available study today. Nearly 3
million years ago, the human career began a unique adaptive trajectory in
which technology, communication, and long-term planning became
increasingly important components of interactions with our physical and
social environments. Archaeology provides a means to investigate these
long-term, fundamental changes in the human condition. Primary goals of
the class are to make students aware of some basic long-term changes and
to be introduced to the potentials and difficulties of an archaeological
perspective with its multiple temporal and geographic scales.
The class provides an understanding of the basic methods of archaeological research with a general overview of world prehistory. This foundation is essential for students to move to upper division classes that cover regional archaeology, or archaeological method and theory. The class also emphasizes the interdisciplinary connections of contemporary archaeology. It provides a perspective that most archaeological problems require a greater understanding of other bodies of information (e.g., ecology, geology, zoology, chemistry, botany, foreign languages) and encourages incorporation of a diverse set of information and classes into thoughts about the human condition.
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This class examines global patterns of human cultural change over the last 3 million years.