ANTH277 - LATIN AMERICAN ARCH 1492

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue, unleashing five centuries of conquest and colonialism that continues to influence contemporary Latin America. This course examines the archaeology of the colonial encounter between Spanish/Portuguese and indigenous peoples of the Americas. Students will learn how to incorporate material evidence with archival approaches to colonial history, using archaeology to understand the roles of social groups often overlooked by colonial archives (e.g. indigenous peoples, women, Afro-Latin Americans). In short, this course will be a material history of colonialism from below, focusing on the conflicts and negotiations over material culture, economic systems, religion, and biology. No prior knowledge of archaeology or Latin American history is required. The course readings will balance secondary historical readings with archaeology articles on similar topics, in order to highlight the benefits of a material culture approach to the colonial encounter in Latin America. However, the course will mainly focus on the experiences, responses, and negotiation of conquest and colonization by indigenous societies in Latin American. Regional coverage will include Spanish colonialism in the Caribbean (Taino), Mexico (Aztec), Central America (Mayan), Andean South America (Inka), as well as Portuguese incursions in Brazil. Students will be evaluated on short written responses to readings, a midterm and non-cumulative final exam, and a research paper.
Section 001 - LEC - COLONIAL OBJECTS, COMMODITIES, BODIES: ARCH OF LATIN AMERICA SINCE 1492
TR 1030AM-1200PM
SMIT, DOUGLAS
Section 401 - LEC - COLONIAL OBJECTS, COMMODITIES, BODIES: ARCH OF LATIN AMERICA SINCE 1492
TR 1030AM-1200PM
SMIT, DOUGLAS