Archaeology of Los Angeles
Broad exploration of the origin, development, and demographic transformation of human occupation in the Los Angeles region from 11,000 years ago to present. Students use mixed methods to examine case studies of past and present social, political, economic, cultural, and environmental issues surrounding, among other places, La Brea Tar Pits, Gabrielino-Tongva and coastal Chumash villages, El Pueblo de Los Ángeles, and Chinatown. Thematic emphasis on pre/historic developments that shape modern urban, suburban, and rural life.
Historic survey of the people, events, and contexts that shaped modern anthropological archaeology: including field and laboratory methods, theoretical perspectives, and major findings. Students apply concepts to compare societies from different socioeconomic scales, geographical regions, and time periods. Thematic emphasis on (1) history of science as a path to understanding our own perspectives and biases; and (2) the astonishing diversity of human social organization.
Principles of Archaeology
Comprehensive investigation of archaeological method and theory in order to understand what archaeologists do, and how and why they do it. Students work hands-on with field strategies, formation processes, chronological frameworks, statistical analyses, and other crucial principles of archaeological analysis and interpretation. Thematic emphasis on material culture as a multi-scalar reflection of our collective activities, behaviors, and attitudes.