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Fall Academic Term 2003 Course Guide

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Courses in Anthropological Archaeology


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Fall Academic Term, 2003 (September 2 - December 19)


Anthropology Waitlist/Override Procedures

For courses that are closed and do not maintain waitlists on wolverine access:

      If the course has discussions sections, attend the first class meeting and ask for an override
    • If the course does not have discussion sections, contact the instructor.


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

      Section 001.

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

      Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (SS). May not be repeated for credit.

      Credits: (4).

      Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/fall/anthrarc/282/001.nsf

      This course will integrate discussions of archaeological methods, with an overview of human prehistory. Our survey 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. This will lay the groundwork for considering how contemporary archaeologists apply these methods to the study of the human past, including such topics as:

      • 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: Images of the Past, by G. Feinman and D. Price, and other texts to be determined.

      Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 4

      ANTHRARC 381(ANTHRCUL 381) / ACABS 382 / HISTART 382. Introduction to Egyptian Archaeology.

      Section 001 — Meets with ACABS 686.001.

      Instructor(s): Janet E Richards (jerichar@umich.edu)

      Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

      Foreign Lit

      Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

      Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

      See Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies 382.001.

      Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 4

      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). May not be repeated for credit.

      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.

      Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 3

      ANTHRARC 385(ANTHRCUL 385). The Archaeology of Early Humans.

      Section 001.

      Instructor(s): John D Speth (jdspeth@umich.edu)

      Prerequisites & Distribution: Sophomore standing. (3). (SS). May not be repeated for credit.

      Credits: (3).

      Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/fall/anthrarc/385/001.nsf

      This course introduces students to the many exciting new discoveries in the archaeology of our earliest human ancestors, tracing what we know of human cultural and biological evolution from the first appearance of upright, small-brained, tool-making humans, 2.0 to 2.5 million years ago, to the appearance of fully modern humans in the last 30,000 to 40,000 years. The course is divided into two segments. The first briefly surveys the techniques and methods used by archaeologists to find ancient archaeological sites, and how they go about studying the fossil human remains, animal bones, and stone tools from these sites to learn about ancient lifeways. This section also looks at how studies of living primates in the wild, such as chimpanzees, as well as modern hunter-gatherers, such as the Bushmen and Australian Aborigines, can help us to interpret the distant past. The second segment of the course turns to the actual archaeological record, looking at some of the most important finds from Africa, Asia, and Europe. In this segment, the course follows the accelerating developmental trajectory of our ancestors from the simplest tool-makers, who lacked any sign of art or religion, to humans much like ourselves, who began to bury their dead with clear displays of ritual and who adorned the walls of their caves and their own bodies with art. The course is oriented as much toward students with a general curiosity and interest in the human past as toward students who will become eventual concentrators in anthropology. Requirements include three in-class hourly exams. Required readings: a text and course pack with articles supplementing the lectures.

      Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 3

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

      Instructor(s):

      Prerequisites & Distribution: Senior standing. (3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected twice for credit. Repetition requires permission of the concentration advisor. Continuing Course. Y grade can be reported at end of the first-term to indicate work in progress. At the end of the second term (ANTHRARC 399), the final grade is posted for both term's elections.

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

      Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

      This course is the first term of the Honors sequence in archaeology. We will briefly discuss the history of American archaeology and then focus on topics essential for conducting Honors thesis research and writing. The course format will be discussion and presentation by students. Students will begin collecting information for their thesis by preparing an annotated bibliography of background materials and then writing a research design on their thesis topic.

      Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of instructor/department required.

      ANTHRARC 442(ANTHRCUL 442) / ACABS 413 / HISTORY 440. Ancient Mesopotamia: History and Culture.

      Section 001 — Meets with ACABS 513.001. Graduate students elect ACABS 513.

      Instructor(s): Norman Yoffee (nyoffee@umich.edu)

      Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior standing. (4). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

      Foreign Lit

      Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

      Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/fall/acabs/413/002.nsf

      See Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies 413.001.

      Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 4

      ANTHRARC 482(480). Topics in Anthropological Archaeology.

      Section 001 — Archaeology of Death. Meets with ANTHRARC 683.001.

      Instructor(s): John M O'Shea (joshea@umich.edu)

      Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior standing. Permission of instructor required. (3). (Excl). May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

      Credits: (3).

      Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

      When archaeologists encounter the funerary remains of an ancient society, they view not the haphazard scattering of discarded items found on normal archaeological sites, but rather a series of carefully composed statements, that were intentionally created by the past community. As such, funerary customs provide not only insight into the death practices of past societies, they also can provide a basis from which to investigate a broad range of important social and anthropological questions, stretching from social organization, gender relations, and social inequality, to health and disease, diet, and genetic affinity. This seminar will explore the differing ways in which communities handle the dead, and will then investigate how the unique character of funerary evidence can be used to enable archaeology to rigorously address social and cultural issues in the past. The course will be run as a seminar and meet once a week. Students will be assessed based on the completion of two short position papers and a team project. There is no required text for the course. The course assumes a general familiarity with anthropology and archaeology.

      Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Instructor

      ANTHRARC 499(ANTHRCUL 499). Undergraduate Reading and Research in Anthropology.

      Instructor(s):

      Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits. A maximum of three credits of independent reading may be included in a concentration plan in anthropology.

      Credits: (1-3).

      Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

      Independent reading and research under the direction of a faculty member. Ordinarily available only to students with background in anthropology.

      Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of instructor required.


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