ANT 324L • Plains Archaeology: Prehistory/History
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Life on the Plains has never been easy. The ecological characteristics of the Plains enabled varied human populations to adapt and change in response to environmental and historical circumstances. This course explores the evidence of human activities on the central and southern plains from prehistoric to historical times (ca. 11.000 BP to ca. AD 1850). We will review, critically, the principal environmental concepts used to define the plains, discuss the impact of specific resources such as the bison, and examine a number of archaeological sites as well as some relevant historical records.
Two tests: 30 points each Short paper (5-7 double-spaced pages): 30 points Final Test: 40 points There are no make-up tests. This grading scheme allows the student to drop the lowest grade or forego one test.
tentative readings: Wedel, Waldo R. Central Plains Prehistory: Holocene Environments and Culture Change in the Republican River Basin (facsimile).