ANTHRARC 296 - Topics in Archaeology
Section: 201 Who Were the Cavemen? Archaeology of Neanderthals and Their Contemporaries
Term: SU 2008
Subject: Anthropology, Archaeological (ANTHRARC)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Requirements & Distribution:
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Who were the cavemen, and what role did they play in the biological and cultural evolution of our species? This course provides an introduction to the archaeology of the “classic” cavemen—the Neanderthals—and their contemporaries in Africa. Traditionally, Neanderthals were pictured as a primitive, unintelligent species that carried clubs, spoke in grunts, and, in some cases, they have even been shown as living with dinosaurs. However, thanks to the recent advertising campaign by Geico (and the subsequent ABC sitcom), Neanderthals have a new role in popular culture—one in which they’re depicted as being “just like us.” Do either of these provide an accurate picture? And, given that the Neanderthals disappeared thousands of years ago, how can we really know what they were like? The course begins with an exploration of the ways in which cavemen have been portrayed in popular culture and the arts, followed by a consideration of the types of evidence archaeologists use in reconstructing the lives of the cavemen. The second half of the course focuses specifically on archaeological evidence from Eurasia and Africa, reviewing what the archaeological record can tell us about the behavior, diet, technology, and culture of these important human ancestors. No previous background in archaeology is necessary.

ANTHRARC 296 - Topics in Archaeology
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201 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 1:00PM
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