Archaeology prehistoric dating methods
Many upper-level courses in Archaeology require this course as a prerequisite.
Students should normally take the capstone course in their final year of course work in the major.
Quantitative skills and computing ability are indispensable to archaeologists.
To fulfill the analytical methods and skills requirements, students must take one statistics course, and may choose to fulfill the remainder of the unit requirements with a variety of courses on archaeological skills and methods.
The department expects undergraduate majors in the program to be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes.
These learning outcomes are used in evaluating students and the department's undergraduate program. Demonstrate an understanding of core knowledge of the history of thought and basic theoretical foundations in archaeology. Write clearly and persuasively, communicating ideas about archaeology to multiple audiences and different communities, from the scholarly and to the general public in a variety of formats. Learn about the development of archaeology as a discipline and the major trends that have influenced thinking and writing about archaeology today. Demonstrate their mastery of the broad historical and theoretical trends in the field through critique of research within archaeology.
Students must take part in a Stanford Archaeology Center field project directed by a Stanford faculty member, and enroll in any coursework that is required for participation in the field project.
Interested Archaeology majors of junior standing may apply for admission by submitting an honors application form, including a 4-5 page statement of the project, a transcript, and a letter of recommendation from the faculty member supervising the honors thesis to the student services specialist, no later than the end of the fourth week of the Spring Quarter.
Archaeologists study human prehistory and history, from the development of the first stone tools at Lomekwi in East Africa 3.3 million years ago up until recent decades.
Archaeology is distinct from palaeontology, the study of fossil remains.
With the approval of the instructor, undergraduates may fulfill part of this requirement from graduate-level courses (typically courses with catalog numbers of 200 or higher). Courses are arranged around a regional or thematic focus, and therefore, may appear more than once.
Students have the option of taking courses around a theme or concentration, and are encouraged to do so by consulting with their faculty adviser(s) to design a course plan.