ANT 362K • Archaeology of Texas
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
This course will explore the prehistoric archaeology of Texas, from the arrival of the first humans in the late Pleistocene to European colonization in the 17th century. Through readings, lecture, discussion and hands-on exercises, the course will focus on the many ways native inhabitants made a living in the diverse landscapes of Texas, and how these adaptations changed through time. Topics will include: 1) Paleoindians and the peopling of the New World, 2) environmental change and Archaic adaptations, 3) rock art and other forms of symbolic expression, 4) the spread of agriculture, and 5) the development of social complexity. While the focus will be on Texas, to provide context and meaning, the archaeology of the state will be viewed within the larger sphere of North American prehistory. The primary goal will be to identify trends in cultural, social and technological change through twelve millennia of human prehistory, while addressing important issues and themes in the field of Texas archaeology.
A reader will be available for purchase.