ANT430H5F Special Problems in Biological Anthropology and Archaeology (SCI)

This course is offered in the Fall 2020 term.

Topic Title: Stone Tools Today

Instructor: Amy Fox

Chipped stone tools are the oldest and most abundant class of archaeological artifact. This course explores how archaeologists use stone tools to create knowledge of the past. Specifically, the course emphasizes how the “computational revolution” of the last 20 years has changed stone tool research, both in terms of the types of questions being asked and the metrics and methods used in the resulting investigations. A review of stone tool fundamentals prepares the student to compare and contrast traditional vs novel methodologies: their assumptions, analytic range, and potency. Using open-source software and assemblages of 3D artifact scans, students will design and conduct their own morphometric research project about a stone tool tradition of their choice. No prior statistical training is necessary.

Pre-requisite: ANT200H5 and ANT201H5