ANTHRARC 482 - Topics in Anthropological Archaeology
Section: 001 Madagascar
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Anthropology, Archaeological (ANTHRARC)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Junior standing.
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Madagascar was largely isolated from the rest of the world from its separation from the continent of Gondwana 180 million years ago until the appearance of mariners in outrigger canoes bringing a syncretic Indonesian and Africa culture about 2,000 years ago. Biologists view the diversification of its often unique plants and animals and a great natural experiment in biological evolution. Some anthropologists have viewed the diversification of human communities as a great experiment in cultural evolution, and others have argued against this. This lecture course will present information on the geology, plants, animals, human biology and language, archaeology, and history of Madagascar from the Age of Dinosaurs until the 21st century. A variety of literature will be on reserve or available digitally. An ability to read French is helpful, but not necessary.

Course Requirements:

The only assignment is a research paper of 15-25 pages investigating a problem of interest to the student. A list of more than 20 possible topics will be available to participants with the syllabus in the first week of the course.

ANTHRARC 482 - Topics in Anthropological Archaeology
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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