Examination of the origins and development of culture from the earliest human fossils through the appearance of civilization; the nature of archaeological data and interpretations.
Dates: July 15 - August 9, 2019
Archaeology is the study of the ancient past through the material record of human behavior. One-third of the course discusses the field of archaeology as a sub-discipline of anthropology, exploring method and theory, the purpose of the discipline, preservation and stewardship, materiality, and issues relating to ownership of the past. The subsequent two-thirds of the course explores our deep prehistoric past, highlighting the major cultures and civilizations of the ancient world through select case-studies. The course also fulfills the UVM sustainability requirement. Using readings, media, and online discussions, we will examine the ways that societies sustained themselves during periods of disruption, and consider the concept of cultural “resilience” is explored as a theme in recent archaeological research. The primary goal is to expand your awareness of the multiplicity of cultural practices in ancient societies that can inform modern discussions of sustainability. Put simply, can the ancient past inform the future?
Regular online participation.
Quizzes, discussion board, and papers submitted online.
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