ANT 324L • Theories of Archaeology
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
This course is a capstone seminar for juniors and seniors who are pursuing studies in archaeology, and who hope to continue on in either the academic or non-academic sectors of professional archaeology. It surveys the major theoretical trends that have shaped the discipline over time. As such it is a course on the history of archaeological thought that highlights the major debates and key issues that have influenced the ways in which we diversely claim to know what we know about the past. Our focus will be on anthropological archaeology in the U.S., although major developments in the UK have also been largely influential in the recent past and will also be covered. Some of the major issues/topics that we will address include: - How has American archaeology transformed through the years, and what factors have influenced its development? - How do archaeologists variously bridge method, data, and theory to interpret the past? - How is archaeology politicized? What are the ethics of archaeology, and what are our responsibilities to the public?