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Fall Academic Term 2003 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Anthropological Archaeology


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Fall Academic Term 2003 (September 2 - December 19)


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: Junior standing. Permission of instructor required. (3). 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.

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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). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course develops an approach to studying the emergence of human culture during 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.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Instructor

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). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

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 — Archaeology of Death.

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

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Permission of instructor required. (3). May be elected more than once for credit.

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 693. Archaeological Research Design.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: ANTHRARC 593. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/fall/anthrarc/693/001.nsf

Archaeologists study the material remains of past human behavior, in an examination of long term cultural processes of the human past. In so doing, anthropological archaeologists draw from a broad range of disciplines: the natural and physical sciences, the other fields of anthropology, and the humanities. And because much archaeological research is destructive (e.g., excavation), and the archaeological record is itself in danger in most regions of the world, the design of careful, explicit, and scientifically sound archaeological research is both imperative and difficult. This seminar addresses archaeological research design from problem formulation through fieldwork and analysis.

Topics include discussion of scientific methods and hypothesis testing. Considerable attention will be devoted to the most difficult dimension of archaeological research linking theoretical models about culture change or structures to our often fragmentary and always partial material evidence of past behaviors and the environments in which they took place. We also will address the practical side of archaeological research, including granting agencies and sources of funding, how to write a budget, how to obtain a research permit, and legal constraints on archaeological research and reporting. Finally, we will consider ethical issues, such as the impact of NAGPRA on field work in North America, and at a broader scale, obligations of publication and reporting and interactions with local communities in research regions.

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ANTHRARC 694(ANTHRCUL 694). Analytic Methods in Archaeological Research.

Section 001 — Topic?

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

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (4). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Seminar on problems in handling and interpreting archaeological data. The course covers such topics as attributable analysis of artifacts, problems in the handling of stylistic data, use of settlement pattern studies, structure within cemeteries and the use of statistics in archaeological research. Computer methods in archaeology will be discussed. Emphasis on one or more of these topics varies from year to year.

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ANTHRARC 958(ANTHRCUL 958). Anthropological Research.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and 18 hours of Anthropology; permission of instructor. (1-3). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course requires a substantial research paper or an extensive exploration and critical evaluation of relevant sources on a particular topic.

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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). May not be repeated for credit.

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 990(ANTHRCUL 990). Dissertation/Precandidate.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Advanced Doctoral student. Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate. (1-8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-8; 1-4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate.

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ANTHRARC 995(ANTHRCUL 995). Dissertation/Candidate.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. Graduate standing. (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.

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