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Archaeology as History

The course examines the goals, forms, theory and methods of archaeological history. It considers parallels, contrasts and complementarities in historical and archaeological perspectives, and identifies the specific limitations and possibilities of archaeology. Readings and discussion highlight the roles of structure, agency, contingency and causality in archaeological narratives, and the implications of time perspectivism, materiality and relational understandings of historical phenomena. Beyond its theoretical foundations, the course looks at examples of historically oriented archaeology and encourages students to examine and develop applications that match their specific areas of research interest.

ANTHROP 738

Archaeology as History

Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): Graduate Term(s): Winter Offered?: Yes

The course examines the goals, forms, theory and methods of archaeological history. It considers parallels, contrasts and complementarities in historical and archaeological perspectives, and identifies the specific limitations and possibilities of archaeology. Readings and discussion highlight the roles of structure, agency, contingency and causality in archaeological narratives, and the implications of time perspectivism, materiality and relational understandings of historical phenomena. Beyond its theoretical foundations, the course looks at examples of historically oriented archaeology and encourages students to examine and develop applications that match their specific areas of research interest.


Aubrey Cannon

Professor