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Intro to Archaeology: Knowing The Past

This introductory archaeology course offers an opportunity to learn about the research conducted by archaeologists worldwide, including those who work and teach at Rice University . This online course covers fundamental information about the history and development of Archaeology, making it an ideal choice for those new to the field. Each professor will discuss the science behind archaeological research, archaeology theory, the tools archaeologists use to uncover the past, and how their work contributes to issues that are important to people today. The course will also provide you with a comprehensive understanding of key archaeology terms, ensuring you have a solid foundation for further studies in the field. Whether you're starting your journey into archaeology or looking to expand your knowledge, this course offers an accessible and engaging introduction to this fascinating subject.

Who should attend:

  • Advanced high school, college students, or lifelong learners.
  • Anyone interested in how to become an archaeologist.
  • Individuals who are interested in history and want to learn about the methods used by archaeologists to uncover the past.
  • People who are looking for a basic understanding of archaeology and its significance in current issues.

You will be able to:

  • Describe archaeology and explain the work of the discipline.
  • Recognize critical transitions in the history of archaeological thought.
  • Identify the subfields of anthropology and delineate differences between these areas of study.
  • Understand the key goals and requirements of this Coursera Specialization- Knowing the Past: Introduction to Archaeology.



Professor Molly

Dr. Molly Morgan, Ph.D.

Molly Morgan is an archaeologist investigating the lives of enslaved people who lived and worked at regional plantations including Levi Jordan and Varner-Hogg in order to examine the historical context and legacies of slavery and how it is presented in public history. This work involves public archaeology through engagement with communities and local groups in Texas. She also works toward public history interpretations along with colleagues at the Texas Historical Commission, which manages these historic sites. This work offers experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate students in all parts of the process of archaeological research.

Visiting Archaeologists

Dr. Molly Morgan is joined by world-class archaeologists throughout this specialization. They are (from left to right, starting at the top row) Dr. Mary Prendergast, Dr. Nick Bourgeois, Dr. Jeff Fleisher and Dr. Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo.

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