Anthropology | Topics in Anthropology:Archaeology & Living Peoples
A200 | 9012 | Vitelli


A 200 (Honors)   Fall 2001
No prerequisites
Meets at Archaeology Annex, 701 E. 8th St.  (Maximum enrollment: 15)

In this seminar we will explore the ways--both good and bad--in which
archaeology is having an impact on the lives of people around the world,
whether or not they ever expressed any interest in the subject. We'll also
look at what archaeologists today are doing, and perhaps should do, in
response. Among the subjects for discussion are relations between
archaeologists and Native Americans, Black Americans, antiquities dealers
and collectors, people who happen to live in communities where
archaeologists work (whether in the Midwest or overseas),
people--including corporate groups, such as Walmart--who discover they
have archaeological remains on land they own and planned to use for their
own purposes, and similar areas of potential conflict between heritage
preservation and modern development.  Along the way, we'll make sure
everyone has a good grasp of the fundamental concerns and practices of
archaeology, and a sense of how the discipline grew from early beginnings
in the age of "cabinets of curiosities" to the full professional status it
carries today, and how practitioners are addressing the responsibilities
that accompany professionalism. Whether or not you've had any interest in
archaeology before this class, I think you will be surprised to find how
pervasive these issues and conflicts are in contemporary life, and how
difficult their resolution can be.

The class will be run as a true seminar, i.e., students will pursue
"original research" under the guidance of the professor. We will discuss
information and ideas gleaned from assigned readings in our text. We'll
look at the ways some of these issues are being addressed in popular
fiction and other mass media. We'll research the web for related
activities and information, and, on occasion, invite people with
particularly relevant experiences to join our discussions. We will
incorporate relevant current events as they unfold and integrate them into
our larger discussions.  Lab exercises and videos will help develop your
understanding of archaeological concepts that are fundamental to the
larger discussions.

Requirements: regular attendance and participation in discussions is
critical. I will make every effort to create an informal atmosphere and to
help you become comfortable with the process of group discussion.  There
will be 3 written assignments (ca. 3-5 pps each), of different types,
including a final report on a project. In all but the final paper, you
will have the opportunity to revise and resubmit papers after receiving my
initial comments and grade. A final project, probably conducted in one or
more teams, will address a real-life situation, perhaps developing a
program for use in a small Greek village where an IU team excavated for
many years and where the current villagers are asking for information and
participation from the archaeologists.

Dr. Vitelli is out of town on sabbatical for 2000-2001, but questions
about this course may be addressed to "vitellik@indiana.edu.