P399 | 0443 | Scheiber

Monday, Wednesday 1:00-2:15
WH 205

The purpose of this seminar is to critically examine the role of
archaeology in the study of culture contact, from both historic and
prehistoric perspectives.  In this seminar, we will consider theoretical
perspectives and methodological approaches used in the study of encounters
between various groups of people, especially Native and European
encounters in North America.  The course is divided into three segments.
The course will begin by considering ways that archaeologists and
anthropologists have considered contact between groups in prehistoric
contexts.  Relevant issues will be explored in the following topics: style
and identity, culture areas and diffusion, prehistoric exchange systems,
core-periphery models, and peripheries and boundaries.  Next, the course
will consider culture contact studies that address how indigenous peoples
responded to European contact and colonialism, and how the outcomes of
these encounters influenced cultural developments in postcolonial
contexts.  Issues will include disease, environmental impact, trade, world
systems, ethnogenesis, social control, power, and labor.  The last part of
the course will be devoted to discussions of long-term perspectives on
culture change and cultural pluralism using multiple data sets from
archaeology, anthropology, ethnohistory, linguistics, and biological

Course Evaluation:
Your grade will be based on the following:
Mid-term exam (100 points)
3 critical response essays (75 points)
Participation (25 points)
Final exam (100 points)
Total: 300 points

Note: graduate students can opt to write a long term paper in lieu of the
critical essays.  Contact instructor for various options.

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