National Collegiate Honors Council


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Published in Honors in Practice, volume 2. Copyright 2006 National Collegiate Honors Council.


This course is based in the actual construction, use, and hands-on study of ancient technologies. The everyday, the mundane and the ubiquitous are keys to understanding the past. At the same time, ancient technologies set the stage for modern tools and artifacts, and they provide comparisons to how and why we use technology today. Students will construct and experiment with fire, stone tools, spears and atlatls, weaving and basketry, and adobe architecture. This course will also expose students to both historical and modern issues of resource use and preservation, consumerism and fashion, and the relationship between the natural and built environments.