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Fall Academic Term '02 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Anthropological Archaeology


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


ANTHRARC 488(ANTHRCUL 488). Prehistory of Mexico.

Section 001.

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

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

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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ANTHRARC 581(ANTHRCUL 581). Archaeology I.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3).

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

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course develops an approach to studying the emergence of human culture during in the course of human evolution. After a brief historical background, the first half of the course is devoted to building a model of the organization and operation of small-scale cultural systems. Aspects of society and ecology in non-human, higher primates are compared with those of ethnographically-known hunter-gatherer bands in an effort to define hypothetically the essential characteristics of pre- and proto-cultural societies, for which there are no extant examples or analogs. The second half of the course consists of a review of Paleolithic archaeological data in the light of these models, discussing the ways in which proto-cultural and early cultural systems may be studied from the archaeological record. The result is an emerging outline of the evolution of human culture from its earliest appearance until the appearance of complex hunter-gatherer groups and the beginnings of sedentary agricultural communities.

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ANTHRARC 593(ANTHRCUL 593). Archaeological Systematics.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: Senior concentrators, graduates, with permission of instructor. (3).

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

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is designed principally for graduate students in anthropology. It examines the epistemological basis for archaeology, major theoretical frameworks for reconstructing past human organization and studying its change, and methodological approaches appropriate for such investigations. The course is designed as a seminar, with strong emphasis on active student participation. There are no exams, but weekly written essays are required.

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ANTHRARC 683(ANTHRCUL 683). Topics in Archaeology.

Section 001 – Nautical Archaeology. (3 credits). Meets with Cultural Anthropology 458.001.

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

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (2-3). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (2-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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ANTHRARC 683(ANTHRCUL 683). Topics in Archaeology.

Section 002 – Material Culture. (3 Credits).

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

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (2-3). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (2-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course focuses on material culture, broadly defined and from a variety of perspectives. Emphasis is less on archaeological techniques (though we will discuss some of those), than on the place of material culture in the constitution of human society and culture, or to quote Miller and Tilley on "the material aspects of human existence" (1996). Rather than merely focusing on goods as a reflection of culture (as archaeologists all too often do) we will also consider the centrality of the "world of goods" in creating culture and shaping cultural knowledge and human actions. Our definition of material culture will be inclusive; thus we will consider space as well as tools, texts as well as artifacts. Our readings will also be broad, and will draw from classic and recent ethnographic and ethnological writings, archaeology, history, art history, social theory, and geography. The course will demand intellectual flexibility and openness to varied approaches, perspectives, and vocabularies.

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ANTHRARC 959(ANTHRCUL 959). Survey of Literature on Selected Topics.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and 18 hours of Anthropology; permission of instructor. (1-3). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course requires an annotated bibliography. A written statement detailing a program of readings and objectives is to be submitted to the instructor.

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ANTHRARC 995(ANTHRCUL 995). Dissertation/Candidate.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Doctoral candidate. (8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (8; 4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. N.B. The defense of the dissertation (the final oral examination) must be held under a full term Candidacy enrollment period.

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