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ANT200H5 Introduction to the Practice of Archaeology

This guide facilitates the completion of the library research skills Report.

ANT 200 Library Research Skills Report Details

  1. Locate three (3) scholarly articles through the University of Toronto’s library resources. At least one of these sources of information must come from a peer-reviewed journal.
  2. All articles must contain information on a specific method or analytical technique used in the discovery and / or analysis of materials from an archaeological site.
  3. Your report should be structured like an annotated bibliography. There should be three citations in alphabetical order using the citation format of the American Psychological Association.
  4. Each citation should be immediately followed by a concise summary of the article and a brief assessment of the usefulness of the method or analytical technique to archaeologists.
  5. Your report should be well-organized, typewritten and double-spaced (12 pt. font, 1 inch margins, no more than 1000 words in total, including the word count for the three citations and your title page.

Examples of Archaeological Methods

  • Argon–Argon Dating,
  • Archaeomagnetic Dating,
  • Climatostratigraphy,
  • Botanical Analysis (macro),
  • Dendrochronology,
  • DNA analysis of ancient humans,
  • Electrical Resistivity,
  • Electromagnetism,
  • Electron Spin Resonance,
  • Faunal Analysis (macro),
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS),
  • Ground-Penetrating Radar,
  • LIDAR,
  • Luminescence Dating of Pottery,
  • Metallurgical Analysis
  • Neutron Activation Analysis,
  • Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) Dating,
  • Organic Residue Analysis,
  • Paleomagnetism,
  • Pollen Analysis,
  • Phytolith Analysis,
  • Remote Sensing in Archaeology,
  • Radiocarbon Dating,
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy,
  • Starch Grain Analysis,
  • Sediment and Soil Micromorphology,
  • Stable Isotope Analysis of
  • Human Skeletal Remains,
  • Strontium Isotope Analysis,
  • U-Series Dating,
  • Usewear Analysis (Lithics),
  • Usewear Analysis (Pottery),
  • X-ray Fluorescence (XRF),
  • X-ray Diffraction (XRD).

Getting Background Knowledge: Define Your Terms