Introduction to Archaeological Laboratory Techniques (LISS 390b):

This course introduce the student to professional archaeological techniques in basic laboratory analyses for ceramics (classification and comparison, methods of manufacture), lithics (methods of manufacture and geological source identification), and faunal remains (mammals, birds, land, and sea animals). Instruction will include both the techniques of analysis, and how to translate the analyzed data into cultural useful information (technological sophistication, trade and exchange, etc.). Specific emphases depend in part on the type of cultural remains recovered from individual sites, and analyses requiring highly sophisticated laboratory equipment or extensive reference collections cannot be attempted.