Graduate Curriculum Committee Course Proposal Form
for Courses Numbered 5000 and Higher
Note: Before completing this form, please carefully read the accompanying instructions.
1. Course prefix and number: ANTH 6225 2. Date: August 15, 2008
3. Requested action:
X New Course
Revision of Active Course
Revision & Unbanking of a Banked Course
Renumbering of an Existing Course from
from # To #
4. Justification (assessment or accreditation based) for new course or course
revision or course renumbering:
The graduate faculties of the Departments of History and Anthropology have requested a new course that
examines battlefields from an archeological perspective. Battlefields represent sites of human endeavor that
have not been heavily studied by historians. Consequently, their examination has been left to amateurs and
relic hunters who seek artifacts for sale, thus destroying evidence about what really happened on the site.
The course will supplement concentrations for the MA in History because the course topics are worldwide in
scope and specific readings address European, American, and underwater battlefields.
5. Course description exactly as it should appear in the next catalog:
6225. Battlefield Archaeology (3) Same as HIST 6225 Theoretical and practical approaches to the
analysis of battlefields using archaeology, history, and material culture.
6. If this is a course revision, briefly describe the requested change:
7. Graduate catalog page number from current graduate catalog: 74 and 109
8. Course credit:
Lecture Hours Weekly OR Per Term Credit Hours 3 s.h.
Lab Weekly OR Per Term Credit Hours s.h.
Studio Weekly OR Per Term Credit Hours s.h.
Practicum Weekly OR Per Term Credit Hours s.h.
Internship Weekly OR Per Term Credit Hours s.h.
Other (e.g., independent study) Please explain.
Total Credit Hours 3 s.h.
9. Anticipated annual student enrollment: 15
10. Affected degrees or academic programs:
Degree(s)/Course(s) Changes in Degree Hours
MA in Anthropology p. 74 NA (elective)
MA in History p. 105-106 NA (elective)
11. Overlapping or duplication with affected units or programs:
x Not Applicable
Notification & response from affected units is attached
12. Council for Teacher Education Approval (for courses affecting teacher
x Not Applicable
Applicable and CTE has given their approval.
13. Statements of support:
x Current staff is adequate
Additional Staff is needed (describe needs in the box below):
x Current facilities are adequate
Additional Facilities are needed (describe needs in the box below):
x Initial library resources are adequate
Initial resources are needed (in the box below, give a brief
explanation and an estimate for the cost of acquisition of required
d. Computer resources
x Unit computer resources are adequate
Additional unit computer resources are needed (in the box below,
give a brief explanation and an estimate for the cost of acquisition):
x ITCS Resources are not needed
The following ITCS resources are needed (put a check beside each
Mainframe computer system
Computer lab for students
Approval from the Director of ITCS attached
14. Course information (see: Graduate Curriculum Development Manual for
a. Textbook(s): author(s), name, publication date, publisher, and city/state/country
*Freeman, P. W. M, and A. Pollard. 2001. Fields of Conflict: Progress and Prospect in
Battlefield Archaeology. BAR International Series 958, Archaeopress, Oxford.
Geier, Clarence R., and Stephen R. Potter, editors. 2000. Archaeological Perspectives on the
American Civil War. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
Geier, Clarence R., and Susan E. Winter, editors. 1994. Look to the Earth Historical
Archaeology and the American Civil War. University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville,
Keegan, John. 1977. The Face of Battle. New York.
Scott, Douglas D., Charles Haecker, and Lawrence Babits. 2008. From the Roman Empire to
the Korean War. Potomac Press.
*Sutherland, Tim, and Malin Holst. 2005. Battlefield Archaeology – A Guide to the Archaeology
of Conflict. Privately printed, York, England.
b. Course objectives student – centered behavioral objectives for the course
1. Carry out battlefield documentary research.
2. Obtain practical experience in mapping and data recovery.
3. Analyze battlefields from archeological and historical perspectives.
c. Course topic outline
Week 1: Identification of the Field & its History
Week 2 - Basic Archaeology and Military Terminology
Week 3 - Documentary Sources
Week 4 Military Archaeology – Site Types - Forts, Camps, Hospitals, Prisons:
Week 5 - Battlefield Analysis - The Battlefield Landscape
Week 6 - Total Station, practical
Week 7 - Metal Detecting vs Shovel Testing vs Total Excavation - Test Case Samples: Custer,
Gilgal Church, Antietam, Monocacy
Week 8 - Exam and Review
Week 9 - Archaeology on Modern Battlefields
Week 10 - Collecting and Excavating Battlefields
Week 10 - Excavating Battlefields Practical - Battle History - Planning the Field Work –
logistics- Weekend Practical – Testing a Site
Week 11 - Excavating Field Fortifications
Week 12 – Interpretation-Interpreting Battlefields - Overall views
Battlefields as Graveyards and Memorials, Preservation - Graveyards and Memorials -
Week 13 - Plotting and Interpreting the site, Maps, Interpretation - Practical
Week 14 - Reporting the site
Week 15 - Paper and review
d. List of course assignment, weighting of each assignment, and grading/evaluation system
for determining a grade.
Grading is based on two examinations (100 and 300 points), class participation (100 points
total possible for participation in student led sessions), one three page book review (50 points),
and a final paper (400 points). Students will also lead one classroom session (200 points).
There will be a one weekend practical exercise worth 250 points. The paper is a fieldwork
proposal for an archaeological survey.
A= 1300 - 1500 points, B= 1174 – 1299 points, F= 1773 points & below