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Winter Academic Term 2004 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Anthropological Archaeology


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Winter Academic Term 2004 (January 6 - April 30)


ANTHRARC 400(ANTHRCUL 400) / CAAS 405. Field Studies.

Ngayene Field Station. Meets January 5-March 10 in West Africa.

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

Prerequisites: Junior standing. (8). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (8).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The field Studies course provides students with an opportunity to participate in unique, original, and exciting research in West Africa. Students will be trained in fundamental methods and techniques of archaeological survey, excavation, artifact recording, data analysis, map drafting. They will participate in an ongoing research project of the "Sine Ngayene Archaeological project" (SNAP) in South Central Senegal, entitled "CRAFT SPECIALIZATION, MORTUARY PRACTICES, AND SOCIAL DIFFERENTIATION: ARCHAEOLOGY OF SENEGAMBIAN MEGALITHS."

Field training is integrated with lectures on archaeological methods and theory, and the Archaeology of West Africa. Data processing sessions introduce students to the analysis of archaeological artifacts, pottery, animal bones, stone tools as well as plant remains. Each student is required to take notes on a daily basis that are read and commented on at the end of each week. The students will later use these notes to write an extensive 30-40 pages report. For those who may be interested a complementary "Archaeology Laboratory Studies" course is offered after the field season. In this sense, students will learn more about the long term curation of archaeological materials in museums contexts.

Course requirements: Daily excavation notes and a 30-40 page research report.

Intended audience: Undergraduates with concentration in Anthropology, Archaeology, Afroamerican and African studies.

Hours per week and Format: Eight hours/day, Five days/week, Ten weeks.

Base: Ngayene Field Station.

Field Season: January 5-March 10.

Cost: $ 2,000 (including airfares, and transportation in Senegal. On the field, housing and food are funded by the project)

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ANTHRARC 401(ANTHRCUL 401) / CAAS 406. Archaeology Laboratory Studies.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: Junior standing; concurrent enrollment in ANTHRARC 400. (6). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (6).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The course aims to train students in core archaeological processing of excavated remains. It involves restoration, description, drafting, as well as cataloging. Students must be concurrently enrolled in ANTHRARC 400 in order to take this course.

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ANTHRARC 482(480). Topics in Anthropological Archaeology.

Section 001 — Geology/Archaeology Seminar.

Instructor(s): Josep M Pares (jmpares@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: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2004/winter/anthrarc/482/001.nsf

Archaeological Geology has the ultimate objective of gathering and interpreting relevant geological data to aid in archaeological interpretation. Specifically, the objectives of archaeological geology are documenting site stratigraphy, determining site formation, and reconstructing both the landscape and how people interacted with the land. It encompasses the entire spectrum of techniques and concepts of the geosciences that can be applied to archaeological research. This includes contributions from stratigraphy, sedimentology, pedology, chronostratigraphy, petrology, geomorphology, neotectonics, geophysics, and geochemistry. Method of instruction includes lectures, laboratory, and a paper presentation. Course grade will be based primarily on a final project, one exam, and laboratory.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 3, 5, Permission of instructor

ANTHRARC 490(ANTHRCUL 387). Prehistory of North America.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: ANTHRCUL 101 or ANTHRARC 282. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

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

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Students are introduced to the diversity of prehistoric Native American cultures in North America, with emphasis on the Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Great Basin, and Southwest. Twelve thousand years of accommodations to diverse natural and social environments are covered, starting with the initial peopling of the Americas and ending with early contacts between Europeans and Native Americans. Topics of special interest include the extinction of mammoths, mastodons, and other megafauna at the end of the Pleistocene or "Ice Age"; changing hunter-gatherer adaptations leading to the independent domestication of several seed-bearing plants and the origins of agriculture; the development of organizationally complex societies, often called chiefdoms, in the Southeast and southern Midwest; and the devastating impact of European exploration and colonization on the cultures of Native North America. Requirements include three in-class "hourly" exams (there will be no final examination). Required readings include two texts and course pack with articles supplementing the lectures.

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

ANTHRARC 491(ANTHRCUL 491). Prehistory of the Central Andes.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jeffrey R Parsons (jpar@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: ANTHRCUL 101, ANTHRARC 282, or junior standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

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

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course examines the development of pre-Columbian Andean civilizations from the terminal Pleistocene (ca. 13,000 years ago) through the European contact period (16th century A.D.). Major emphasis is on the archaeological study of increasingly complex society after ca. 3000 B.C. in the region between central Chile and Colombia. One previous course in basic anthropology is desirable. Students will be evaluated on the basis of a take-home midterm exam (25%), a take-home final exam (50%), and a 10-15 page term paper (25%). Textbook: Indigenous South Americans of the Past and Present: An Ecological Perspective, by David J. Wilson, Westview Press. 1999. There is a small course pack of relevant journal articles.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 1 Waitlist Code: 3

ANTHRARC 582(ANTHRCUL 582). Archaeology II.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jeffrey R Parsons (jpar@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

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

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

A consideration of prehistoric cultural development from the beginnings of sedentary village life to urban civilization. Designed primarily as a core course for beginning Anthropology graduate students, it introduces theories of the beginnings of agriculture, the development of ranked and stratified socieities, and the emergence of states and empires. Exemplary data from Mesoamerica and the Central Andes are used to evaluate these theories, and supplementary materials from Mesopotamia and Asia are included in the course pack. This is a lecture course with a substantial course pack. Students are evaluated on the basis of two 20-page essays, one at midterm and the other at the end of the term.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 3, 5, Permission of Instructor

ANTHRARC 683(ANTHRCUL 683). Topics in Archaeology.

Section 001 — Principles of Social Evolution.

Instructor(s): Kent V Flannery , Joyce Marcus (joymar@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.

An examination of the principles by which human societies evolved from hunting and gathering bands, to egalitarian village societies, to societies with hereditary rank, and finally to archaic states.

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ANTHRARC 683(ANTHRCUL 683). Topics in Archaeology.

Section 002 — Identity ,Memory, & Landscape in Archaeology Theory.

Instructor(s): Norman Yoffee (nyoffee@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.

This seminar situates new concerns in theoretical archaeology in relation to positions and claims in "processual" and "post-processual" archaeology. The construction of social memory in the past existed just as it does in the present. It involved creating links to ancestors and antiquity and often (re-)interpretations of monuments and landscapes. Especially in instances of social change, individuals, who belonged to multiple and overlapping social groups, had to negotiate their economic and social status, to the extent possible, exploiting the ambiguities of inherited forms, evaluating their options, borrowing ideas from other groups, and creating new identities to answer to changing circumstances.

Readings will be drawn from the latest books and articles e.g.,

  • The Archaeological Process (Ian Hodder),
  • Archaeologies of Memory (Ruth Van Dyke and Susan Alcock, eds),
  • Archaeologies of the Greek Past: Landscapes, Monuments, and Memories (Susan Alcock),
  • The Politics of Landscape (Adam Smith),
  • Embodied Lives: Figuring Ancient Mayan and Egyptian Experience (Lynn Meskell and Rosemary Joyce),
  • The Intersection of Politics and Identity (Lynn Meskell, Ann Revs Anth),
  • Western Pueblo Identities: Regional Interaction, Migration, and Transformation (Andrew Duff — recent SAA diss. award winner),
  • Understanding Early Civilizations (Bruce Trigger),
  • Postmetropolis (Edward Soja),
  • Archaeologies of Landscape (eds. Wendy Ashmore and A. Bernard Knapp),
  • An Archaeology of Natural Places (Richard Bradley),
  • Wisdom Sits in Places (Keith Basso),
  • Landscape and Memory (Simon Schama).

Some readings will be chosen according to student interest.

Requirements: weekly readings and discussions, term paper. Term papers will be circulated to members of the seminar and critiqued by the group.

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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. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U."

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 (Prerequisites enforced at registration). (8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U."

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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