Anthropology (ANTH) 376

Alberta Archaeology: Prehistoric Lifeways (Revision 2)

ANTH 376 Course website

Permanently closed, effective April 23, 2013.

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study or grouped study

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: ANTH 277 is strongly recommended.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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ANTH 376 has a Challenge for Credit option.


ANTH 376 introduces you to the prehistory of Alberta and provides you with an extensive overview of the archaeological record of prehistoric native cultures in Alberta, from the time of the province's first settlement to the period of European settlement.


ANTH 376 comprises nine units as outlined below.

Unit 1: An Introduction to Archaeology

Unit 2: History of Archaeological Research in Alberta

Unit 3: The Natural Environment and First Nations of Alberta

Unit 4: Archaeological Approaches to the Study of Prehistoric Hunter-Gatherers

Unit 5: The First Albertans

Unit 6: The Folsom and Plano People, 10,500 to 7,500 B.P.

Unit 7: Middle Prehistoric Cultures, 7,500 to 1,750 B.P.

Unit 8: Late Prehistoric and Protohistoric Cultures, 1,750-1,250 to 120 B.P.

Unit 9: Retrospect and Prospect


To receive credit for ANTH 376, you must achieve a minimum grade of “D” (50 percent) on the mid-term and final examinations, and an overall grade of “D” (50 percent) for the entire course. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Final Exam Total
10% 15% 5% 30% 20% 20% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Bryan, L. 1991. The Buffalo People: Prehistoric Archaeology on the Canadian Plains. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press.

Clark, D. W. 1991. Western Subarctic Prehistory. Hull, PQ: Canadian Museum of Civilization.

Fagan, B. M. 2009. Archaeology: A brief introduction. 10th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.

Other materials

The course materials also include a reading file, study guide, assignment manual, and a student manual.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the ANTH 376 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 per cent) on the examination.

Take Home Exam

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 2, November 3, 2006.

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Updated March 17 2016 by Student & Academic Services