New Course Offerings in Archaeology - Fall 2014

Sep 1st, 2014

Dept. of Archaeology

Poster for ARCH 3584/HIST 3535: Historical Anthropology course
New Course Offerings in Archaeology - Fall 2014

ARCH 3584/HIST 3535 - Historical Anthropology

CRN: 61387
Time TR 1400-1515
Dr. Amanda Crompton
Not the same as Arch 2582 (Historical Archaeology)

In this seminar course, we will study the ways that archaeologists and anthropologists use the documentary record. Our classes wil examine thesmes like:

  • Maps and wayfinding: when X doesn't mark the spot.
  • Identify theft in the 16th century
  • How to curse in the 18th century
  • Having a time: Drinking and smoking in the 17th century

Student evaluation is based on participation in seminar discussions, short written assignments and a final paper. No final exam.

ARCH 3688 - The Archaeology of Coastal Landscapes

Humans have adapted to living within coastal landscapes for over 100,000 years, and the adaptations to ‘living on the edge’ influence distinct technologies, subsistence practices, and social structure. The study of coastal sites provides a unique insight into past human-environmental interactions because of the nature of the archaeological deposits, which are usually in the form of shell middens. Shell midden sites can contain several millennia worth of archaeological records, and when analyzed the contents be used to interpret past food procurement strategies, migration, settlement, technological advances and how people responded to short- and long-term environmental changes.

Each week we will have readings, in-class exercises and/or presentations that will help to build a comprehensive understanding of how coastal habitation sites are analyzed and interpreted in archaeological contexts. All of the assignments are designed to build towards the final project and completing each step is fundamental for success in the course.

ARCH 3536/HIS 3536 - Object Lessons: Putting Strange Things in Context

This course explores the interpretation of unique objects, especially those which have been separated, in some way, from their historical context or archaeological assemblage. Each week, in readings, lectures and discussion, students will take a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding a specific remarkable artifact. Topics include the history of technology, the emergence of art, the invention of tradition and the role of design in industrial societies. Recommended previous course: one of ARCH 1030, FOLK 1000, HIST 1010 or 1011, CLAS 1100 or 1200