ANTHRARC 484 - Archaeology of Death and Burial
Section: 001
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Anthropology, Archaeological (ANTHRARC)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
One course in Anthropology.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

When people think about archaeology or when archaeology is represented in media like cinema and television, images of mummies, tombs, bones, and graves typically are given prominent treatment. Usually lacking, however, is an appreciation for why archaeologists study death and burial. What can we learn about the past, and ourselves, by studying how people keep their dead? The purpose of this course is to provide a cross-cultural survey of mortuary practice in the ancient world, and to study how such practices shaped--and were shaped by--the lifestyles and world views of people in our past.

Crs Requirements: Class participation and leading class discussion (10%); writing assignments and 10-minute oral presentation of final paper (30%); midterm (30%) and final (30%) exams. The written assignments comprise two papers (30%): a 4-5 pp paper based on topics from the readings and class discussions (5%); and a 12-14 pp final paper (25%) investigating some aspect of mortuary practice in a particular culture. Students will make a 10-minute class presentation on their paper topic near the end of the term.

Intended Audience: Concentrators in anthropological archaeology/classical archaeology and other students interested in archaeology

Class Format: The class will meet 3 hours per week in lecture format with some class discussion

ANTHRARC 484 - Archaeology of Death and Burial
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 9781405114714
Death, mourning, and burial : a cross-cultural reader, Author: edited by Antonius C.G.M. Robben., Publisher: Blackwell Pub. [Nachdr.] 2004
ISBN: 9781585440993
The archaeology of death and burial, Author: Mike Parker Pearson., Publisher: TEXAS A & M UNIV PR 2. printin 1999
ISBN: 9781552976852
Written in bones : how human remains unlock the secrets of the dead, Author: consultant editor, Paul Bahn., Publisher: Firefly Books 2003
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