ANTH 321


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Fall 2008


Updated 18 April 2008 KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2008-2009 COURSE PROPOSAL FORM NOTE: Please review the Senate Curriculum Committee Guidelines for instructions on completing proposal form. (refer to pages 4 - 5 for proposal details) DATE OF SUBMISSION: August 27, 2008 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: PEGGY WALSH, SOCIOLOGY/ANTHROPOLOGY, MS-3400, 8-2905 PROPOSAL SPONSOR: JAMES STEMP, SOCIOLOGY/ANTHROPOLOGY, MS-3400, 8-2902 PROPOSED ACTION: Underline or boldface proposed changes. Course Addition Number Change Title Change Credit Change Description Change Prerequisite Change Course Deletion Course Replacement Other: CURRENT COURSE NUMBER, TITLE and DESCRIPTION: None PROPOSED COURSE NUMBER and/or TITLE: Abbreviated Course Title, if necessary: ANTH 321: Lithic Technology PROPOSED COURSE DESCRIPTION: Updated 18 April 2008 This course focuses on stone tool technology from both a cultural evolutionary perspective and as a technological process. Students will examine stone tool classification and analysis with emphasis on raw material types, artifact typologies, reduction sequences, refitting studies, use-wear analysis, and sourcing and dating methods. Prerequisite: ISANTH 111. Fall, even years. LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students will: 1. Understand the basics of stone tool production and how and why production strategies and choice of raw material can potentially vary. 2. Assess how behavior can be reconstructed based on stone tool analysis, particularly within the context of a ‘culture’. 3. Compare and contrast the suitability of methods and techniques employed by archaeologists to study stone tools. 4. Determine whether or not lithic studies have been successful at commenting on past human behavior in specific instances. What could/should have been done differently? RATIONALE: This course has been offered at KSC as an ANTH 390: Special Topics course twice before. Students seem to really enjoy this course, specifically the ‘hands on’ component involving the manufacture of stone tools. This proposal seeks to turn this course into a permanent addition to the Anthropology Program that can be offered every two years. RESOURCES: No additional resources required. James Stemp, tenure-track faculty will teach this course. Updated 18 April 2008 ADVISORY OPINIONS:


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ANTH 321