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Willamette University

900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301

503-370-6300 voice

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Environmental and Earth Sciences: Earth Sciences

ERTH 351 (W) Archaeological Geology (1)

Archaeological geology applies methods and theories from the geologic sciences to archaeological problems. This course will cover the processes associated with sedimentation and stratigraphy at archaeological sties and the geological approaches used to uncover cultural traits associated with the deposits. Geomorphic processes that impact site selection, formation, preservation, and identification will be addressed, as will macroscopic, petrographic, geochemical and isotopic techniques for characterizing and provenancing archaeological material. Geophysical survey methods and theories will also be reviewed. Throughout the course, the theoretical foundation that underlies the union between geology and archaeology will be stressed. Writing Centered.

Prerequisite: ERTH 110

  • Offering: Even numbered springs
  • Instructor: Pike