Introduction to Archaeology (ANTH 210)

This course is a broad overview of what archaeology is, how it is done, what we can learn from it, and why it is important. We will cover the discipline’s historical roots, current goals, and principles of archaeological inference – including formation of the archaeological record, data collection and analysis, and interpretive frameworks. Students will leave the course with a good understanding of archaeology as a discipline and how it contributes to a holistic understanding of the human experience. This course is a fundamental prerequisite for more advanced upper level courses in archaeology.

Fall ’19 and Winter ’20

Archaeology of North America (ANTH 314)

First, this course is a broad overview of the ancestors of modern day Native American populations as understood through the scientific discipline of archaeology. We will emphasize the longevity and diversity of Native peoples in North America, beginning more than 13,000 years ago. Second, we will engage with the historical and modern relationships between Native Americans and archaeologists throughout the quarter. Students will leave the course with a basic understanding of North American archaeology and an awareness of how archaeology has affected Native Americans in the past and today.

Winter ’20

Mississippian Societies of Ancient America (ANTH 397M)

Mississippian societies constructed the largest ancient monumental structures north of Mexico. Cahokia, the largest archaeological site in the US, was a city of thousands of people – larger than London at the time. At the same time European kingdoms rose, warred, and were conquered, so did powerful Mississippian chiefdoms in Illinois, Kentucky, Georgia, and across the southeastern US. This course focuses on the use of archaeological data to understand the development and characteristics of Mississippian societies. We will review the cultural developments that preceded the appearance of the Mississippian lifeway; examine the archaeological traits that archaeologists use to identify Mississippian sites; and discuss how we can use those data to draw inferences about Mississippian complex societies. We will utilize archaeological data from scholarly articles, synthesize multiple lines of evidence, and think critically about evidence and interpretations.

Spring ’20

Cultural Resource Management (ANTH 427)

Last taught Spring ’19