Introduction to Archaeology
An introduction to the history, concepts, and methods of the anthropological study of ancient peoples using archaeological illustrations to indicate the relationships of archaeological interpretations with cultural and physical anthropology.
In this class, students will be introduced to human history and prehistory as it is studied by archaeologists. They will learn about the way archaeologists reconstruct the past and about various methodological and theoretical topics in the field. They will also be introduced to relevant issues in archaeology today, such as the need to collaborate with indigenous peoples, the international antiquities trade, and the popularity of pseudo-science to explain the past. By the end of the course, students will also have learned about a variety of ancient peoples and civilizations that they may never have heard about before such as the Mississippian complex, Harappan Civilization and the ancient Polynesians. The class will not use a textbook but a variety of short readings relating to the weekly topics. Class will meet twice a week for three hours. There will be a take-home midterm during the third week and a take-home final during the sixth week.