ARCH 1005: Introduction to Archaeology Syllabus
Instructor: Arstan Sangnoir
Office Hours: Tues. & Thurs. 2-3 afternoon, 342 History & Ancient Languages Building
Lecture: Tues. & Thurs. 9-11:15 morning, 112 H & AL
Laboratory: Weds. 9-11:15 morning, 340 History & Ancient Languages Building
This course is intended to give students an overview of the theory and methods of archaeology, and a survey of what archaeology has shown us of the major civilizations of Azeroth.
- Identify relics, alphabetic and numeric symbols, structures & physical remains left by major races of Azeroth and Draenor
- Explain how relics decay over time under various conditions, and how to recover, restore and interpret them
Grades will be based on 3 papers and 3 tests, one of each per unit that applies the concepts. There will be a comprehensive final examination.
The introduction is a review of the basic concepts of archaeology. Students will be practicing these through the term in the laboratory component of the class.
- Locating and surveying sites
- Stratigraphy and chronology
- Recovering, identifying, and analyzing artifacts
- Symbolism and interpretation
- Biological, environmental, cultural, and technological change
The rest of the course is broken into three units. Each illustrates how different archaeological problems and techniques have been applied to remains from different kinds of civilizations.
- Unit I: Children of the Titans: Earthen, vrykul, dwarves, gnomes, humans, mogu, and Tol'vir
- Unit II: Natives of Azeroth: tauren, trolls, elves, Pandaren, tauren
- Unit III: Races of Draenor: orcs, Draenei, ogres, Arakkoa
The Titans, the Ancients, the elementals, the Aqir and their successors, and the Apexis will be covered in later courses.
- Flinthammer, R. NR 29. Remnants of the Civilizations of Azeroth, 3rd Edition. Ironforge: Explorers League Press. - The paperback version of this book is much cheaper than the hardcover, and contains all of the material needed for the class.
- Bronzebeard, B. NR 31. Behind the Mists: Pandaren Civilization and the Mogu Empire. Ironforge: Explorers League Press.
- Dawnspire, E. NR 30. The Rise and Fall of the Gorian Empire. Silvermoon City: Bloodstone Publications. - This can be mail-ordered from Buccaneer Books in Booty Bay.
- Warwick, M. NR 26. Orcish Tribal Traditions. Ironforge: Explorers League Press. - Used copies of this one are readily available.
((Arstan!!! OMG, Can Mags take this course? I mean both IC and OOC. I've been wanting to focus more on archaeology in the game, and this fills my love for lore as well as good RP. Maggie is a perpetual student; I envision her as being like me (IRL) in this-- may have finished degrees but is always interested in new topics, always some wonderful new subject to absorb.
Anyhoo- awesome post! Wish I had this as an actual course to select this semester, IRL! ;) I am bored without classes and am doing a ton of revision on my pre-Imperial Roman stuff, but that isn't the same as having something new to dive in to. You know. *Hugs*))
((I support this idea, completely. I'm floored by how official this "course listing" looks! I could see this, among so many others, inside a "Stormwind University Course Registration Handbook" or the like! :D
Great job, Arstan! Definitely let me know if there's anything the Dean can do (ICly or OOCly) to help this along, should you decide to pursue such an event in-game!))