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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206

Spring 2008

ANT 324L • Colonial Latin American Archaeology

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
30305 MWF
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
EPS 2.136

Course Description

This course will focus on the Spanish colonies in Latin America, developing four general topics during the course of the semester: 1)how the daily lives of colonizers, indigenous people, and African slaves engaged with imperial power; 2) religious conversion and its symbolic and social consequences; 3) agricultural and craft production in the colonial period; and 4) the methodological importance of combining material and historical evidence in studying the past. We will begin by considering issues of time, processes, structures, and events in colonial historiography, setting the stage for an anthropology of the Spanish empire that draws insights from comparing patterns, processes and events in different regions of the empire. We will continue with an overview of some of the many different people and places of the Spanish empire, including European colonizers, Africans, and indigenous peoples in Mexico and Central America, the Andes, and the Caribbean. We will then study colonial Latin America, developing the three key issues listed above by drawing insights from a variety of sources, including historical documents, chronicles, architectural history, art history, and archaeological studies of material culture and settlement patterns.

Grading Policy

There will be two in-class exams and a final exam. Students will need to draw from lectures and from the readings to do well; therefore, attendance is strongly recommended. Exam #1: 30% of the grade. Exam #2: 30% of the grade. Final exam: 40% of the grade.


1) Mark A. and Lyman L. Johnson. 2001 Colonial Latin America. Oxford University Press, New York. 2) Gasco, Janine, Greg Charles Smith, and Patricia Fournier-GarcĂ­a. 1997. Approaches to the Historical Archaeology of Mexico, Central and South America. The UCLA Institute of Archaeology, Los Angeles. 3) Course packet.


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