Department of Anthropology

R. Alan Covey


Associate ProfessorPh.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

R. Alan Covey

Contact

  • Phone: (512) 232-2084
  • Office: CLA 4.406
  • Office Hours: Fall 2015: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30 a.m.-Noon
  • Campus Mail Code: C3200

Interests


Archaeology, ethnohistory, Andes, Inca empire, early Colonial Peru, archaeological theory

Courses


ANT 304 • Intro Archaeol Stds: Prehist

30410 • Fall 2015
Meets TTH 930am-1030am GSB 2.124

An introduction to archaeology as a discipline.  Three major themes that deal with issues of the past will be covered:

1.  A brief history of the discipline, changing theories about various aspects of the past, and the role that the reconstructions of the past play in national and/or group identities.

2.  A survey of the development of human culture from its beginnings to the rise of civilizations and proto-historical cultures in most areas of the world.  Prehistoric cultures, archaeological sites, and areas of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe , and the Pacific will be covered.

3.  Archaeological methods of recovery of information about the past.  Scientific procedures involved in excavation, dating, and preservation of the material record.

ANT 380K • Origins Of Inequality

30639 • Fall 2015
Meets T 200pm-500pm SAC 5.124

The Western historical and philosophical tradition perpetuates stories of how and

why people became unequal in different senses. With the possible exception of legal inequality,

the creation of unequal social arrangements occurred before the invention of writing, making it a

fundamental question for archaeology, but raising the question of how independently

archaeologists approach some important social questions that remain significant today. In this

class, we will take a critical look at how anthropological archaeology has approached inequality,

and how researchers represent the origins of different kinds of inequality in the recent

professional literature. After discussing different aspects of inequality and their material

implications, students will lead class discussions of case studies of inequality from areas of their

own professional interest.

ANT 380K • Inca Soc Before/After Euro Inv

30770 • Spring 2015
Meets T 200pm-500pm SAC 5.118

This course will provide a broad introduction to the world of the Incas—the largest native empire to form in the Western hemisphere.  We will approach the Incas from several different scales that reflect the different disciplines that comprise Inca studies, beginning with Andean ecology, and then turning to archaeology and art history.  We will read Inca ethnohistory as part of a discussion of the continuity of Inca social practices following the European invasion.  Depending on student interest, we may also consider the Inca legacy in Andean ethnography and contemporary political and ethnic representation.

ANT 304 • Intro Archaeol Stds: Prehist

31325-31330 • Fall 2014
Meets MW 100pm-200pm UTC 3.134

An introduction to archaeology as a discipline.  Three major themes that deal with issues of the past will be covered:

1.  A brief history of the discipline, changing theories about various aspects of the past, and the role that the reconstructions of the past play in national and/or group identities.

2.  A survey of the development of human culture from its beginnings to the rise of civilizations and proto-historical cultures in most areas of the world.  Prehistoric cultures, archaeological sites, and areas of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe , and the Pacific will be covered.

3.  Archaeological methods of recovery of information about the past.  Scientific procedures involved in excavation, dating, and preservation of the material record.

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