Topics Courses

Fall 2019

ANTH 549 - The Power of the Pot: Social and Archaeological Uses of Ceramics (Topics in Archaeological Method and Theory)

Instructor: Dr. Meg Kassabaum

Ceramic materials are one of the most common and informative artifact types found on archaeological sites. Archaeologists use their attributes to explore diverse issues, ranging from site chronology and function to production sequences and technological change, and from economy and exchange to foodways and social identity. This course combines lectures, readings, discussions, lab activities, and original research to help students investigate the complex relationship between pots and people. By examining the range of questions that can be tackled using ceramic data, as well as the methods that are appropriate for such investigations, students will prepare themselves to undertake their own independent research projects.