Historical Archaeology

Dr. Clarence Geier, Minor Adviser
Phone: (540) 568-6973
E-mail: geiercr@jmu.edu

Dr. Gabrielle Lanier, Minor Adviser
Phone: (540) 568-3615
E-mail: laniergm@jmu.edu

The minor is designed for students interested in the field of historical archaeology, a discipline that integrates the research interests and methods of archaeology and history. The minor is designed to complement existing majors in anthropology and history, and it may also be of interest to students in art history and public administration. While guided by the theoretical underpinnings of history and anthropology, the minor in historical archaeology is highly field- and research- oriented. Students enrolling in the program should anticipate courses that require significant effort outside of the classroom.

The minor is a minimum of 23 credit hours. Two courses (6 credits) may be double counted between the minor and the student’s major. Required courses include:


Courses Hours

ANTH/HIST 331. Historical Archaeology 3

ANTH 494. Field Techniques in Archaeology (4 credits) 4

HIST 396. Introduction to Public History 3

Capstone research course 1 4

ANTH 490. Special Studies in Anthropology or

HIST 399. Special Studies in History

Choose three of the following: 9

(Of these, one course must be chosen from the history/anthropology options and one must be from the geology and geography options 2 .)

ANTH 455. Archaeology: Methods of Analysis and Interpretation

ANTH/HIST 492. American Material Culture

HIST 493. Historic Preservation

HIST 494. Introduction to Museum Work

GEOL 340. Soils and Land Use

GEOG 245. Introduction to Global Positioning Systems

GEOG 265. Thematic Cartography

GEOG 285. Aerial Photograph Interpretation

GEOG 366. Geographic Information Systems


1 The personalized capstone course will take place over two semesters. The first semester (2 credits; ANTH 490 or HIST 399) will involve defining a research topic, establishing a theoretical and methodological base and gathering data. The second semester (2 credits; ANTH 490 or HIST 399) will be involved with the analysis and interpretation of the gathered data and the preparation of a formal statement of findings. The project will require close work with a faculty adviser and will be evaluated by a review committee consisting of the adviser and two other faculty. 2 Access to the geology and geography courses will be competitive and will require some computer experience.