Prof. Amy Clark
Tues. 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Stone tools represent the oldest known human technology. They represent the most abundant and arguably one of the most informative elements of the archaeological record for reconstructing ancient human behavior over the last 3.3 million years.
In this graduate seminar that is open to undergraduates with permission, students are provided with a solid methodological and theoretical grounding in how to interpret stone (lithic) tools. The course includes hands-on training in how to identify and analyze stone tools, qualitative and quantitative approaches to process and interpret lithic data, and detailed discussions of current theoretical perspectives that use stone tools to understand broader questions about the evolution and diversity of human behavioral adaptations. The course will draw heavily on the analysis of archaeological collections from New World and Old World stored at Harvards Peabody Museum, capped by student-devised experimental research projects.