ANT 322M • Prehistory of Ice Age America
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Sometime before 12,000 years ago, humans first entered the New World. Beyond this, little else is certain. When precisely they arrived, how they got here, where they came from and how they made a living are topics of controversy and contention. This course will explore these and other issues surrounding the initial colonization of the Americas, beginning with the history of the debate and ending with a better appreciation of these first inhabitants and the unique world in which they lived. The study of the peopling of the New World extends beyond a single scientific discipline, and in the course we will discuss evidence provided by archaeology, geology, paleontology, human genetics, linguistics and skeletal biology. We also will see that the debateand its resolutionis not solely academic, but has far-reaching political and legal implications. The main goals of the class will be to provide you with an understanding of the issues, familiarize you with the various lines of evidence, and allow you to critically assess the different points of view presented in class.
Midterm exam 30% Final exam 35% Research paper 35%