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Archaeology Courses

Lower Division Course


30. Science in Archaeology. (4) (Formerly numbered Ancient Near East 30.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Archaeology is rapidly developing due to ongoing introduction of new hardware, software, and information dissemination technology. It is multidisciplinary field of study, combining its own research methods and technologies with elements from geology, history, ethnography, geography, material science, statistics, biology, biochemistry, medicine, and others, presenting opportunities not only to obtain new scholarly insights, but also to provide integrated instruction in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills. Use of archaeological data as paradigm in STEM education. Instant practical application of mathematics during surveying, geology during ceramic analysis or geophysical research, biochemistry during archaeological residue analysis, or biology during zooarchaeological or paleoethnobotanical research offers point of departure for instructors as well as motivation to students. P/NP or letter grading.

Upper Division Courses


C110. Archaeological Materials Identification and Characterization. (4) Lecture, one hour; laboratory, two hours. Laboratory-oriented introduction for archaeologists to identification and quantitative description of solid materials, especially metals, ceramics, and other inorganic and some organic substances. Concurrently scheduled with course C210. P/NP or letter grading.

C120. Special Topics in Archaeology. (2 or 4) Lecture, three hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. Special topics on theoretical subjects in archaeology such as new strategies, regional synthesis, or current work by core program faculty or special visiting scholars. May be repeated for credit with topic change. Concurrently scheduled with course C220. Final project or paper required if taken for 4 units (P/NP or letter grading); 2-unit course has P/NP grading.

C159. Fieldwork in Archaeology. (2 to 12) Fieldwork, to be arranged. Participation in archaeological field excavations or museum research under supervision of staff archaeologists at UCLA. Minimum of one month of field time away from campus required. May be repeated for credit with consent of adviser. Concurrently scheduled with course C259. P/NP or letter grading.

C180. Ancient and Historic Metals: Corrosion, Technology, and Microstructure. (6) Seminar, four hours; laboratory, four hours. Overview of technology of ancient metals, aspects of extraction and alloying, corrosion that ancient metals undergo, and how this impacts their preservation. Exploration of knowledge and research work of last two decades that has substantially advanced understanding of processes of extraction, alloying, surface patination, metallic coatings, corrosion, and microstructure. Laboratory work in preparation and examination of metallic samples under microscope, as well as lectures on technology of metallic works of art. Discussion of phase and stability diagrams of common alloying systems and environments. Metallographic study samples represent Bronze Age Europe, Renaissance Europe, China from Warring States to Tang dynasty, Japanese swordmaking, Indian high-tin bronze alloys, bronzes, Peruvian, Colombian, Costa Rican, and Panamanian copper and gold-copper alloys. Concurrently scheduled with course C280. Letter grading.

Graduate Courses


M201A-M201B. Graduate Core Seminars: Archaeology. (4-4) (Same as Anthropology M201A-M201B.) Seminar, three hours. Required of all students. Seminar discussions based on carefully selected list of 25 major works related to development of archaeology in social sciences (M201A) and humanities (M201B). Compulsory core seminars provide students with foundation in breadth of knowledge required of professional archaeologists. Archaeological historiography, survey of world archaeology, and archaeological techniques. Emphasis on appreciation of multidisciplinary background of modern archaeology and relevant interpretative strategies. May be repeated for credit with consent of adviser. S/U or letter grading.

M201C. Archaeological Research Design. (4) (Same as Ancient Near East M201.) Seminar, three hours. Requisites: courses M201A, M201B. How to design archaeological projects in preparation for M.A. thesis or Ph.D. phase. Students do exploratory research to select subject, then write research design that could form basis for extensive paper, grant application, or oral examination. Students work closely with faculty members and report weekly on their progress. Preparation of at least two oral progress-report presentations, one on theoretical framework and one on practical aspects of project. Final written research design that incorporates theoretical and practical aspects of research and formulates bridging arguments required. S/U or letter grading.

M205A. Selected Laboratory Topics in Archaeology. (4) (Same as Anthropology M212S.) Lecture, three hours. Designed for graduate students in archaeology or in other departments. Specialized analysis of particular classes of cultural remains. Topic may be one of following: zooarchaeology, paleoethnobotany, ceramics, lithic analysis, rock art. Laboratory experience with collections and data. May be repeated for credit with topic change. S/U or letter grading.

M205B. Intensive Laboratory Training in Archaeology. (6) (Same as Anthropology M212T.) Lecture, three hours; laboratory, two hours minimum. Advanced laboratory training for graduate students with extended laboratory hours. Special laboratory-based topics, including but not limited to lithic analysis, ceramic analysis, zooarchaeology, and paleoethnobotany. May be repeated for credit with topic change. S/U or letter grading.

C210. Archaeological Materials Identification and Characterization. (4) Lecture, one hour; laboratory, two hours. Laboratory-oriented introduction for archaeologists to identification and quantitative description of solid materials, especially metals, ceramics, and other inorganic and some organic substances. Concurrently scheduled with course C110. S/U or letter grading.

C220. Special Topics in Archaeology. (2 or 4) Lecture, three hours. Special topics on theoretical subjects in archaeology such as new strategies, regional synthesis, or current work by core program faculty or special visiting scholars. May be repeated for credit with topic change. Concurrently scheduled with course C120. Final project or paper required if taken for 4 units (S/U or letter grading); 2-unit course has S/U grading.

C259. Fieldwork in Archaeology. (2 to 12) Fieldwork, to be arranged. Participation in archaeological field excavations or museum research under supervision of staff archaeologists at UCLA. Minimum of one month of field time away from campus required. May be repeated for credit with consent of adviser. Concurrently scheduled with course C159. S/U or letter grading.

M265. Depositional History and Stratigraphic Analysis. (4) (Same as Ancient Near East M265.) Lecture, two hours. Theoretical understanding of depositional processes (“laws”) which lead to site formation and of stratigraphic procedures to be used in recovery of embedded cultural materials. Study of issues covered in literature, with specific test cases from actual excavations and site reports. Coverage of theoretical implications of such disciplines as surveying and pedology with help of specialists. S/U or letter grading.

C280. Ancient and Historic Metals: Corrosion, Technology, and Microstructure. (6) Seminar, four hours; laboratory, four hours. Overview of technology of ancient metals, aspects of extraction and alloying, corrosion that ancient metals undergo, and how this impacts their preservation. Exploration of knowledge and research work of last two decades that has substantially advanced understanding of processes of extraction, alloying, surface patination, metallic coatings, corrosion, and microstructure. Laboratory work in preparation and examination of metallic samples under microscope, as well as lectures on technology of metallic works of art. Discussion of phase and stability diagrams of common alloying systems and environments. Metallographic study samples represent Bronze Age Europe, Renaissance Europe, China from Warring States to Tang dynasty, Japanese swordmaking, Indian high-tin bronze alloys, bronzes, Peruvian, Colombian, Costa Rican, and Panamanian copper and gold-copper alloys. Concurrently scheduled with course C180. Letter grading.

501. Cooperative Program. (2 to 8) Tutorial, to be arranged. Preparation: consent of UCLA graduate adviser and graduate dean, and host campus instructor, department chair, and graduate dean. Used to record enrollment of UCLA students in courses taken under cooperative arrangements with USC. S/U grading.

596. Individual Studies for Graduate Students. (2 to 12) Tutorial, to be arranged. May be repeated for credit with consent of adviser. S/U or letter grading.

597. Preparation for Ph.D. Qualifying Examinations. (2 to 12) Tutorial, to be arranged. Preparation: completion of formal coursework, passing of language examinations before enrollment. May be repeated for credit with consent of adviser. S/U grading.

598. M.A. Paper Preparation. (2 to 12) Tutorial, to be arranged. May be repeated for credit with consent of adviser. S/U grading.

599. Ph.D. Dissertation Research and Preparation. (2 to 12) Tutorial, to be arranged. May be repeated for credit with consent of adviser. S/U grading.

The UCLA General Catalog and list of current course offerings are available online from the UCLA Registrar’s Office

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