Archaeological Research Design

December 4, 2020

ANTHR 4250

Day/time: F 12:25pm - 2:20pm

Mode: Online

Instructor: Adam Smith

This studio-style seminar provides an in-depth examination of the principles and practices of archaeological research design. We will examine all aspects of the research process, from concept formation, to methodology, to ethical practice and data management. Over the course of the semester, students will undertake a series of projects that will build incrementally into a research proposal. We will focus on developing the skills vital to designing archaeological research, starting with the formulation of a question and continuing through the exploratory process of defining proper sites, assemblages, analytical techniques, and presentation of findings. Class sessions will focus on designing research projects examining case studies drawn from world archaeology and student research projects.

This studio-style class will challenge students to frame questions, explore field methods,investigate analytical techniques, and assemble persuasive proposals. By the end of the class, students will have designed their own program of archaeological research.


four views of land showing different archaeological research designs