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Department of Anthropology

500 Level Anthropology

Spring 2020

ANTH 550.001 / Archaeological Lab Methods 

Professor: Gail Wagner

(3 credits) 

Fulfills the Archaeological Requirement for the Anthropology Major and GLD: Research

OR

Can be used as the Lab Requirement for the DURT Track

OR

Fulfills the 500-level(s) requirement(s) for the Major or for DURT 

Course Readings:

Please go to the USC Bookstore to find what books you will need for this course:

https://sc.bncollege.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/TBWizardView?catalogId=10001&langId=-1&storeId=10052 

Course Description:

This practical course emphasizes hands-on identification of the common kinds of artifacts recovered from pre-Colonial archaeological sites and provides the basic knowledge needed to begin working in an archaeological laboratory. Topics covered include tabulation, replicability, curation, use of equipment, data presentation, and overview of literature. Emphasis is placed on ceramic and lithic basics, with an introduction to botanical and faunal basics. 

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of ANTH 550, students will be able to:

  1. Identify raw material classes of common archaeological artifacts (i.e., tabulate an artifact assemblage);
  2. Be able to distinguish human-made artifacts from natural objects;
  3. List and describe common basic analytical techniques for ceramic and lithic artifacts;
  4. Identify well-known analysts and link them with their body of work;
  5. Describe and follow federal standards for curation of artifacts;
  6. Comprehend major archaeological reports on recovered artifacts. 

Evaluation:

Grades are based on weekly hands-on exercises; quizzes; and tests that include both written and practicum components. 

Course Presentation:

Lecture and class discussions occupy approximately one-quarter of the class time, and hands-on experience with artifacts three-quarters of the class time. We will be working with artifacts recovered from sites in central South Carolina. 

Audience: Students who wish to pursue a job in archaeology and who have already taken ANTH 319 Principles of Archaeology. Prior knowledge of the basic vocabulary of archaeology is assumed. This fast-paced, hands-on course requires extra student time in the archaeological laboratory during weekdays to complete exercises and study for quizzes and tests. 


ANTH 552.001 / Medical Anthropology

Professor: David Simmons

(3 credits) 

Fulfills the Cultural Requirement for the Anthropology Major and GLD: Research

OR

Fulfills the 500-level(s) requirement(s) for the Major or for DURT and GLD: Research 

Cross-listed with HPEB 552.001 

Meets with HPEB 552.H01 and ANTH.H01 - Honors College Students Only for the H01 sections

Course Readings:

Please go to the USC Bookstore to find what books you will need for this course:

https://sc.bncollege.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/TBWizardView?catalogId=10001&langId=-1&storeId=10052 

Course Description:

This course introduces the field of medical anthropology, which is the study of human health, disease and healing from a cross-cultural perspective. The political economy of health as a result of modernization is a central focus. Topics covered include cross-cultural understandings of illness and healing, the social/cultural context of health and health interventions, and the impacts of emerging and re-emerging diseases such as AIDS, Ebola, and Tuberculosis on world health. The underlying theme of the course is the use of anthropological concepts and methods in domestic and international public health contexts.


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