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    Jul 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Bulletin]

ANTH 3041 - Interpreting Archaeology

Goals: To understand principles of archaeology - the varying ways archaeologists recover, analyze, and interpret information about the past. To gain proficiency in general scientific practices, reading archaeological literature, and grant writing. To critique archaeological practice by examining the bias inherent in American archaeology. To consider ethical and practical issues in the management of cultural resources and understand how to balance the sometimes conflicting views, voices, and histories found in our contemporary world.

Content: Archaeologists are often described as “time detectives” sifting through the material traces of past lives in order to better understand human behavior and human history. We will critique this limited view of the discipline by exploring how the “past is present” and the need for a socially responsive and civically engaged archaeology. Students apply their knowledge by writing a grant proposal that combines scholarship, community engagement, and an expanded archaeological practice.

Taught: Alternate years, spring semester

Credits: 4