ANT 380K • Method & Theory in Historical Archaeology
12:00 PM-3:00 PM
This seminarís objective is to critically analyze and evaluate recent theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches used in historical archaeology, as an attempt to discover productive means for bridging theory and data in onesí own research. Seminar participants will read and discuss a range of case studies in terms of geographic areas and eras, although the focus will be on Americanist historical archaeology (i.e. anthropological archaeology). Research foci and bodies of evidence considered in the readings are intended to be diverse, and will include landscapes, architecture, and space, as well as material culture and historical texts. Given historical archaeologyís interdisciplinary nature, this seminar is intended not only for archaeologists, but also for students whose interests lie in interpreting the relationships between society, culture, and power, and the spatial and material world.
The seminar will begin with an introduction to the discipline, move into analyses of case studies, and conclude with a dialogue on hegemony, identity, representation, and the past.
Charles Orser (editor), Race and the Archaeology of Identity (2001), Univ. of Utah Press. Laurie A. Wilkie, Creating Freedom: Material Culture and African American Identity at Oakley Plantation, Louisiana, 1840-1950 (2000). Louisiana State Univ. Press. Roberta Gilchrist, Gender and Archaeology: Contesting the Past (1999), Routledge. Martin Hall, Archaeology and the Modern World: Colonial Transcripts in South Africa and the Chesapeake (2000), Routledge. Ian Hodder, Archaeological Theory Today (2001). Richard Flores, Remembering the Alamo (2002), Univ. of Texas Press. In addition, a course packet will be available at Speedway Printing, Dobie Mall.