When: Thursdays, Mar 14 – Apr 18, 10:00am-noon
Where: The Hampton Inn
Cost: $165.00 for 6 session(s)
Instructor: Matthew J. Rowe PhD
Exploring Paleoindian Archaeology in North America
This course is an introduction to the archaeology of Paleoindians in North America. Paleoindians are the first people in North America and they entered the region by at least 14,000 years ago. We’ll begin by reviewing the history of Paleoindian research in North America, to develop a foundation for understanding how the discipline has evolved with new methods and discoveries. We will explore archaeological discoveries that address the question of when, where, and how people first migrated to North America. The course will then take a regional approach to explore the different Paleoindian chronologies and cultures found in the archaeological record. Regions covered will include the Northeast, Southeast, High Plains and Rocky Mountains, Southwest, the Great Basin, West Coast, and Alaska. Students will become familiar with the debates and current research concerning the first Americans and will develop an understanding of the regional variations in the North American archaeological record between 14000 and 9000 years ago.