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Anthropology examines not only living societies, but also prehistoric cultures whose remains are found worldwide. This course will present how archaeology reconstructs the various aspects of human society from the physical record of prehistory. How do we study the subsistence and settlement patterns, the political and social organization, and the economy and ideology of prehistoric societies who have left behind mute material records? The objective of anthropological archaeology is to bring to life these prehistoric cultures through archaeological analysis. The different goals, approaches and methodologies of modern archaeology will be discussed theoretically and then applied to case studies.
Format: lecture; In the Fall 2020, the course will have a hybrid format. In person and remote students will attend lectures or class discussions during the regular twice-a-week schedule, with an additional synchronous session for remote students to address questions. If remote students cannot attend additional Q&A session, open office hours will also be available.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
class presentations, two 12-15pp analytical papers, midterm and final exams
First and second year students.