ANTHRARC 482 - Topics in Anthropological Archaeology
Section: 001 Hunter-Gatherers
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Anthropology, Archaeological (ANTHRARC)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Junior standing.
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Humans have been hunter-gatherers (or foragers) for most of their existence, and many parts of the world were still peopled by hunters and gatherers at the time of European contact. Though most foraging societies are now gone, there is a large and fascinating body of ethnohistory and ethnography documenting the foraging way of life, providing the foundation for much of our thinking about how humans lived and changed over the vast time-span of the Pleistocene.

This course will focus on simple, band-level, hunter-gatherers, reviewing such issues as diet and subsistence, mobility, kinship and social organization, demography, health and reproduction, interaction and exchange, and religion. Information from "living," or ethnographically known, societies will be discussed, as well as how our knowledge of these societies can be used to develop models and testable hypotheses for exploring forager behavior in the past.

This year (2009) this course will be held as a joint course with colleagues and students from Michigan State University. We will meet alternately in Ann Arbor and East Lansing, and transportation will be provided. Sessions will consist of a mixture of lectures and discussions.

Grading will be based on participation in discussions and on a final research paper to be prepared by each student.

No textbook purchase is required.

ANTHRARC 482 - Topics in Anthropological Archaeology
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001 (LEC)
Note: (Meets with Anthrarc 683.002)
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