ANTHROPOLOGY

ANTH-634
Foundations of Archaeology (3)

Course Level: Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. This course explores archaeological theories and frameworks that have emerged or seen strong developments since ca. 2000, such as labor, sexuality, queer, identity, pragmatist, and phenomenological theories. The centrality of theories in the broader practice of anthropological archaeology and how the broader political climate influences the emergence and decline of particular interests of archaeological theory is discussed. Usually offered every fall.

ANTH-634
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ANTHROPOLOGY
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Foundations of Archaeology (3)

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This course considers archaeology as a specific socio-historical way of charting our past, one that is tightly integrated with other aspects of modern-day, western materialist, capitalist system. The course reviews archaeological theory, inspects how archaeological practices create knowledge about the past, and reviews basic concepts about time, space, and material culture. Students explore different theoretical currents as they cross-cut archaeological practice: culture historical, processual, post-processual, Marxist, and feminist theory, concluding with an inspection of how archaeological articulates with other political processes.