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Fall Academic Term 2002 Course Guide

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Courses in Anthropological Archaeology


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Fall Academic Term, 2002 (September 3 - December 20)


ANTHRARC 282(ANTHRCUL 282). Introduction to Prehistoric Archaeology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Carla M Sinopoli (sinopoli@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (SS).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/anthrarc/282/001.nsf

This course will combine a presentation of the techniques, methods, and theories of anthropological archaeology with a general survey of world prehistory. Discussion of method and theory will cover field and laboratory techniques for acquiring information about past cultures, methods for using that information to test ideas about past cultural organization and evolution, and current theoretical developments in anthropological archaeology. The survey of world prehistory will focus on four major topics:

  • the emergence in Africa of the first proto-humans, between two and six million years ago;
  • the appearance of the first anatomically and behaviorally "modern" humans;
  • the origins of domesticated plants and animals, and the development of the first village farming communities; and
  • the rise of more complex stratified "state-level" societies

The course will be oriented as much toward students with a general curiosity and interest in the human past as toward students who will become eventual concentrators. There will be three one-hour lectures plus one discussion section per week. Requirements: two in-class hourly exams and a final examination, plus three take-home exercises that give students firsthand experience with the analysis and interpretation of archaeological data. Required readings: Archaeology: Down to Earth , by David Hurst Thomas, and Images of the Past , by G. Feinman and D. Price

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ANTHRARC 382(ANTHRCUL 382). European Prehistory.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Robert E Whallon Jr (whallon@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

A broad survey of the archaeology of Europe from the earliest evidence for human occupation to the Roman conquest of Gaul. Major themes include the emergence of human culture during the Ice Age, the introduction of agricultural economies and village life, and the development of complex societies, based on metallurgy, trade, and warfare. Students will be introduced to painted caves such as Lascaux, Venus figurines and other Paleolithic art, mammoth hunters of the steppe, megalithic tombs, Stonehenge and other ritual monuments, the princely tombs of the Early Iron Age, Vercingetorix and the assembly of the tribes of Gaul, and many other phenomena of European prehistory. Lectures will be frequently illustrated with slides and supplemented by selected films. Student evaluation is based on examinations.

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ANTHRARC 383(ANTHRCUL 383). Prehistory of Africa.

Section 001 – Meets with CAAS 358.001.

Instructor(s): Augustin F C Holl (holla@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Sophomore standing. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course explores the development of cultures in Subsaharan Africa from the first emergence of human-like bipeds more than 5 million years ago to the rise of states and urban centers during the Iron Age. The requirement of the course include a midterm examination (take-home) and either an in-class final exam or a research paper.

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ANTHRARC 394(ANTHRCUL 394). Undergraduate Seminar in Archaeology.

Section 001 – History of American Archaeology. Meets with ANTHRARC 398.001

Instructor(s): Lisa C Young (lcyoung@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: ANTHRARC 282, concentration in anthropology, and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The Undergraduate Seminar in Archeaology discusses the history of American archaeology to understand the ethical issues facing archaeologists today. Students will also learn about the process of doing research in archaeology through class discussions and two written assignments: an annotated bibliography and a research design. Grades are based on participation in seminar discussions, written assignments, and an oral presentation.

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ANTHRARC 398(ANTHRCUL 398). Honors in Anthropological Archaeology.

Section 001 – History of American Archaeology. Meets with ANTHRARC 394.001

Instructor(s): Lisa C Young (lcyoung@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Senior standing or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Anthropological Archaeology 394.001.

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ANTHRARC 488(ANTHRCUL 488). Prehistory of Mexico.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Kent V Flannery (kflanner@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: ANTHRCUL 101, ANTHRARC 282, or junior standing. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course covers the Prehispanic culture sequence for Mesoamerica outside the Maya region. It begins with the first evidence for humans in late Pleistocene Mexico, and proceeds to a discussion of Archaic hunting–and–gathering period of 8000-2000 B.C. The origins of agriculture during this preceramic period are documented, as well as the rise of sedentary agricultural villages by 1500 B.C. The course then considers the evolution of ranked societies during the Formative Period (1500 B.C.-A.D. 100) and of urban stratified societies during the Classic Period (A.D. 100-800). The evolution of Mexico's ethnohistorically documented Postclassic societies - the Toltec, Aztec, Mixtec, Zapotec, Huastec, and Tarascans - is then traced up to the Spanish Conquest of A.D. 1519. There will be two lectures a week, accompanied by reading of a course pack of relevant journal articles and book chapters.

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