ANTHRARC 296 - Topics in Archaeology
Section: 202 The Future of the Past: Archaeology, Identity, and Politics
Term: SU 2009
Subject: Anthropology, Archaeological (ANTHRARC)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Requirements & Distribution:
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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  • How is archaeology relevant to the modern world?
  • Why is the public so interested in archaeology?
  • Archaeology and history can be used to achieve political influence.

In a global world, nations use and distort archaeology to promote power differences between countries. At the same time, oppressed groups claim ownership of their pasts to gain recognition and rights within the modern state in which they live.

Archaeological sites are also money-making resources — both in the official and underground economies. Tourism to archaeological sites brings cash and infrastructure to underdeveloped regions and ancient technologies can be used by modern farmers even as looters earn income through illegal sales of artifacts. With political influence and money at stake, rival groups in the modern world continue to compete for control of the past. This course will examine opposing public interests in Archaeology in several parts of the world — North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, and the Pacific.

ANTHRARC 296 - Topics in Archaeology
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202 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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