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ANTHROPOLOGY

ANTH-531
Topics in Archaeology (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Rotating topics include historical archaeology, artifact analysis, archaeology of the Chesapeake, archaeology of the Potomac Valley, Aztec, Inca, and Maya, and archaeology and politics.

ANTH-531
001
ANTHROPOLOGY
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Topics in Archaeology (3)

Archaeology of the Undocumented

This course explores how archaeology can be used to explore the lives of people across the past several hundred years who were largely excluded from written histories and documentation of their times: the homeless, maroons, enslaved laborers, some diasporans, beings from other species living among humans, and many others. Students explore the political and social nature of documentation as well as the ways archaeologists are creatively reconstructing what amount to lost lives and even societies as they seek knowledge of these unilluminated zones of modern history. The course also analyzes the relevance of these studies to present and future societies.

ANTH-531
001
ANTHROPOLOGY
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Topics in Archaeology (3)

Artifact Analysis

We live in a world of things, and archaeologists eventually must interpret the artifacts of our past. This hands-on course in the archaeology lab uses collections from two important archaeological sites. One site, from colonial Philadelphia, dates to the eighteenth through early nineteenth century, and the other site is a Native American site from the fourteenth century located along the Potomac River. The goal is to understand the process of analyzing artifacts, and how that leads to a deeper understanding of our collective past.