In this class, you will get an introduction to the discipline of anthropological archaeology with a special emphasis on how archaeology contributes to our understanding of American society and the cultures from which it is drawn. Students will learn about the methods, goals, and theoretical concepts of archaeology with attention to the impact archaeology has had on the construction of the histories of diverse communities – Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinx, and European Americans. Weekly discussion sections will focus on hands-on exercises related to archaeological concepts and methodologies.
This course fulfills the requirements of Anthro 2 for Anthropology Majors, and the American Cultures (AC) requirement. As an American Cultures course, the critical examination of race, ethnicity, and American Cultures, as well as gender, sexuality, and class, forms a theme throughout the class materials.