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About ANTH 024 ZRA

Examination of the origins and development of culture from the earliest human fossils through the appearance of civilization; the nature of archaeological data and interpretations.


Continuing Education students only even after level restrictions removed; Degree students enroll in ANTH 024 A

Section Description

Archaeology is the study of the past human behavior through the material record. The course begins with an overview of archaeology as a sub-discipline of anthropology, exploring topics such as method and theory, materialities of human behavior, issues of preservation and stewardship, and the ownership of the past. In the remainder of the course, we’ll explore our deep past, highlighting major cultures and civilizations of the ancient world through select case-studies. The course also fulfills the UVM sustainability requirement. Using readings, media, and online discussions, we will examine the ways that societies sustained themselves during periods of disruption, and consider the concept of cultural “resilience” is explored as a theme in recent archaeological research. The primary goal is to expand your awareness of the multiplicity of cultural practices in ancient societies that can inform modern discussions of sustainability. Put simply, can the ancient past inform the future?

Section Expectation

All of your course readings are available on Blackboard in pdf format. No textbooks are required.


The course grade is based on daily quizzes, one written assignment, and participation in class and discussion board. There are no exams.

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