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Digging into Archaeology: A Brief OER Introduction to Archaeology with Activities

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Amanda Walcott Paskey, Cosumnes River College

AnnMarie Beasley Cisneros, American River College in Sacramento, California

Copyright Year: 2020

Publisher: Academic Senate for California Community Colleges

Language: English

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Reviewed by Sharon Methvin, Instructor, Mt. Hood Community College on 9/7/22

There are brief mentions of most terms, but little elaboration. So, while the terms are listed at the end of each chapter, I do not think enough discussion and examples are provided in the chapters. read more

Table of Contents

  • 1: Introduction to Anthropological Archaeology
  • 2: History (up until the 1960s)
  • 3: History (the 1960s and beyond)
  • 4: The Archaeological Record and Site Formation Processes
  • 5: Artifact Preservation
  • 6: How to Find Archaeological Sites
  • 7: Excavation
  • 8: Dating Methods – Relative and Absolute Dating
  • 9: Artifact Analysis
  • 10: Reconstructing Environments and Subsistence Patterns
  • 11: Social Archaeology
  • 12: Bioarchaeology
  • 13: Archaeological Interpretation and Application of Theory
  • 14: Historical Archaeology
  • 15: New Frontiers in Archaeology
  • 16: Legal and Ethical Considerations in Archaeology

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  • About the Book

    This book is intended for use in a variety of introductory archaeology settings, such as in lectures and lab courses. This text can complement an existing traditional text or completely replace a standard text. It can be used for its activities or as a study resource. When we wrote this text, we designed the chapters to be brief, providing concise and to-the-point information. This book is not intended to replace lectures or direct instruction from an instructor; rather, it supports learning in a variety of settings and formats. The book can be printed in whole, read digitally, or used piecemeal in either format. However you use this text, we hope that you find it serves as an instructive learning tool and that you dig archaeology as much as we do!

    About the Contributors


    Amanda Wolcott Paskey is an anthropology professor at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, California. She earned her B.A. and M.A. in anthropology from the University of California, Davis. Her focus inanthropology is archaeology; however, she was trained in a holistic program and regularly teaches cultural and biological anthropology courses as well as archaeology. She has worked on archaeological projects throughout northern California and the Great Basin. She and a colleague founded the Cosumnes River Archaeological Working Laboratory (CRAWL), which is an archaeological laboratory primarily focused on historical archaeology and completes contract work for California State Parks. CRAWL’s current project is analyzing a post-Gold-Rush-era archaeological site in the heart of Old Sacramento. This has given her many opportunities to engage in sharing archaeology with a public audience, including local school children and Sacramentans interested in local history. She is passionate about teaching, especially online education, and providing all students with a high-quality learning environment that meets the needs of all students, not just the most prepared for college. She has been namedthe Society for Anthropology in Community College’s (SACC’s) Teacher of the Year (2014) and has been awarded Cosumnes River College’s Crystal Apple award (2017) and the Hayward Award for Excellence in Education given by the Board of Governors for the California Community Colleges and the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (2017).Additionally, with her departmental colleagues, she was awarded the Stanback-Stroud Diversity Award (2015).

    AnnMarie Beasley Cisneros is an anthropology professor at American River College in Sacramento, California. Trained as a four-field anthropologist, she earned her B.A. and M.A. in anthropology from California State University, Sacramento. Her research focuses on immigration and immigrant populations. She regularly teaches archaeology, Native Peoples of North America, and American Indians of California, among other courses. She is passionate about education and innovating to support all students in achieving their academic and life goals. She is currently engaged in applied anthropology work incommunity development with historically underserved communities. Most recently, she has particularly enjoyed facilitating her students’ involvement in projects serving Sacramento’s Latino and immigrant Mexican populations through Día de los Muertos Oak Park, a month-long series of arts and culture events that educate the public about this Mexican tradition and build ties between groups within the community, culminating in an authentic observance of Día de los Muertos attended bymore than 10,000 people.

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